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A Rose For Emily Essay

  • Submitted by: haveurheart24
  • on November 8, 2010
  • Category: English
  • Length: 459 words

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“A Rose for Emily” What Was Her Deal?

Miss Emily Grierson is a somewhat very attracted lonely lady, who lives in the only “big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies”(Faulkner 787) on the street with garages and cotton gins. Miss Emily was a special individual that many of the townspeople liked to talk about. Withdrawn from society, trapped in a world of delusions, Miss Emily never receives any psychiatric treatment, but she definitely exhibits symptoms indicative of a mental illness. Although her community never thought Emily was “crazy,” she was indeed an ill person. As it goes for the way Faulkner writes his story in five numbered episodes and includes flashbacks and loops makes it more apparent how over time Miss Emily becomes crazier with age.
In the story she exiles herself from society and becomes a total recluse, refuses to progress with the passing of time, and murders her lover, but continues to sleep with his corpse until her dying day.
As though no one ever called Miss Emily crazy she did come from a decent of a crazy people in her family. “People in our town, remembering how old lady Wyatt, her great-aunt, had gone completely crazy at last, believed that the Grierson’s held themselves a little too high for what they really were” (Faulkner 790). How could we say Miss Emily was not of the best sort, she had troubles keeping her place clean and taking care of herself. “Her skeleton was small and spare; perhaps that was why what would have been merely plumpness in another was obesity in her. She looked bloated, like a body long submerged in motionless water, and of that pallid hue. Her eyes lost in the fatty ridges of her face, looked like two small pieces of coal pressed into a lump of dough as they moved from one face to another while the visitors stated their errand” (Faulkner 788).

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