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A Rose for Emily: A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner PowerPoint Presentation: Born September 25, 1897. Died July 6, 1962 at the age of 64. American writer and Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. Worked in a variety of media; wrote novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays, and screenplays during his career. One of his notable works is A Rose for Emily. : A short story first published in the April 30, 1930 issue of Forum (the author's first short story published in a national magazine). Takes place in Faulkner's fictional city, Jefferson, Mississippi, in the fictional county of Yoknapatawpha County. Faulkner explained the reason for his choice of the title as: [The title] was an allegorical title; the meaning was, here was a woman who has had a tragedy, an irrevocable tragedy and nothing could be done about it, and I pitied her and this was a salute … to a woman you would hand a rose. A Rose for Emily Background : Faulkner divides the story into five short sections. The first section reports the funeral and burial of Emily and provides background on her house, her servant, and her tax status. The second section focuses on a foul smell coming from her house, the use of lime by city officials to neutralize it, the insanity that runs in Emily's family, her father's refusal to allow young men to call on her, and the death and burial of her father. The third section introduces a Northerner, Homer Barron, who comes to town with a construction crew and takes Emily for buggy rides. It also reports that Emily buys arsenic at the local drugstore. The fourth section tells of the townspeople's belief that Emily is setting a bad example by regularly keeping company with Homer Barron. It also tells of the disappearance of Barron, the years when Emily teaches china painting, and the death of Emily. The fifth section reports the happenings at Emily's funeral and a grotesque discovery in an upper room of the house. A Rose for Emily Quick Overview PowerPoint Presentation: The story begins at the huge funeral for Miss Emily Grierson. Nobody has been to her house in ten years, except for her black servant. Her house is old, but was once the best house around. The town had a special relationship with Miss Emily ever since it decided to stop billing her for taxes in 1894. But, the "newer generation" wasn't happy with this arrangement, and so they paid a visit to Miss Emily and tried to get her to pay the debt. She refused to acknowledge that the old arrangement might not work any more, and flatly refused to pay. Thirty years before, the tax collecting townspeople had a strange encounter with Miss Emily about a bad smell at her place. This was about two years after her father died, and a short time after her lover disappeared from her life. Anyhow, the stink got stronger and complaints were made, but the authorities didn't want to confront Emily about the problem. So, they sprinkled lime around the house and the smell was eventually gone. Everybody felt sorry for Emily when her father died. He left her with the house, but no money. When he died, Emily refused to admit it for three whole days. The town didn't think she was "crazy then," but assumed that she just didn't want to let go of her dad. A Rose for Emily Summary: Part 1 PowerPoint Presentation: Next, the story doubles back and tells us that not too long after her father died Emily begins dating Homer Barron, who is in town on a sidewalk-building project. The town heavily disapproves of the affair and brings Emily's cousins to town to stop the relationship. One day, Emily is seen buying arsenic at the drugstore, and the town thinks that Homer is giving her "The Shaft," and that she plans to kill herself. When she buys a bunch of men's items, they think that she and Homer are going to get married. Homer leaves town, then the cousins leave town, and then Homer comes back. He is last seen entering Miss Emily's house. Emily herself rarely leaves the home after that, except for a period of half a dozen years when she gives painting lessons. Her hair turns gray, she gains weight, and she eventually dies in a downstairs bedroom that hasn't seen light in many years. The story cycles back to where it began, at her funeral. Tobe, Ms. Emily's servant, lets in the town women and then leaves by the backdoor forever. After the funeral, and after Emily is buried, the townspeople go upstairs to break into the room that they know has been closed for forty years. Inside, they find the corpse of Homer Barron, rotting in the bed. On the dust of the pillow next to Homer they find an indentation of a head, and there, in the indentation, a long, gray hair. A Rose for Emily Summary: Part 2 View: View Points 1. Why does the whole Jefferson town go to Ms. Emily Grierson’s funeral?: 1. Why does the whole Jefferson town go to Ms. Emily Grierson’s funeral? As was mentioned in the story’s first paragraph … “ When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which no one save an old man-servant--a combined gardener and cook--had seen in at least ten years. ” 2. Describe the Grierson house. Establish the parallelism between the house and its owner, Emily Grierson.: 2. Describe the Grierson house. Establish the parallelism between the house and its owner, Emily Grierson . Faulkner compared the Grierson house with Emily Grierson's physical deterioration, her shift in social standing, and her reluctance to accept change. In its prime, the house is described as "white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies“, suggesting that the house was built not only for function, but also to impress and engage the attention of the other townspeople. Similarly, the wealthy women of the era, Emily Grierson not withstanding, were dressed in a conspicuous manner. This, for the most part, is because their appearance was perceived as a direct reflection on their husbands and/or fathers. Regarding social status, the house was "big," and "squarish," and located on Jefferson's "most select street“ giving the impression that the residence was not only extremely solid, but also larger than life, and seemingly impervious to the petty problems of the common people. The members of the Grierson family were also considered to be strong and powerful. And Emily, as the last living Grierson, came to symbolize her family's, and possibly the entire south's, rich past. The townspeople's view of Emily soon decayed, however, once it was rumored that she was left no money, only the house, in her father's will. Also, her scandalous appearances with Homer Barron further lessened her reputation in the public eye. Emily was unwilling to accept change, holding tightly to her family's affluent past. An example of this is when representatives were sent to her home to collect her taxes. She completely rejected her responsibility to the town by referring the men to a time when the since departed mayor, Colonel Sartoris, "remitted her taxes". She "demanded more than ever the recognition of her dignity as the last Grierson" and, just as Emily held herself "a little too high" for what she was, the house is presented as "Lifting its stubborn and Coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and gasoline pumps“, the cotton wagons and gasoline pumps perhaps used to symbolize how she probably sees the townspeople – unimportant & purposeless, to her of most. 3. Explain “alive, miss emily had been a tradition , a duty and a care; a sort of heredity obligation upon the town…” why does ms. Emily grierson attract much attention? How does emily respond to such affection?: 3. Explain “alive, miss emily had been a tradition , a duty and a care; a sort of heredity obligation upon the town…” why does ms. Emily grierson attract much attention? How does emily respond to such affection? Emily is somewhat described as an object, a thing passed on from generation to generation, she was a curiosity:  someone to talk about, complain about, and perhaps at times worry about, too. She represents a past—a traditional old south—from which the town has advanced but the effects of which still linger. One aspect of that old south is “being a lady,” which Emily was by virtue of class and gender, but she violated the codes of behavior governing that designation. This is why she is such a piece of gossip—and by the time, she gave them plenty to gossip about, especially after they find the dead Homer in her bed. I don’t think she responded greatly to those affections, since her father severely separated her from the townspeople, even making sure she did not have lovers or husbands. Perhaps, she must have thought high of herself, unworthy for anyone else but her father. 4. Describe Emily Grierson in the various stages of her life:: 4. Describe Emily Grierson in the various stages of her life: when she was a young girl Unwilling to take a stand against her domineering father in life, might be viewed as weak. when her father passed away Desperately trying to shed the image of dutiful daughter, and, probably for the first time, at thirty-something, pursued her own desires for love. when she met Homer Barron Though Emily Grierson and Homer Barron truly love each other, their relationship must be kept covert to escape the town’s and Emily’s family’s disapproval of regional relationships. after Homer Barron disappeared She rarely leaves her house after his disappearance, her hair turning gray and her gaining weight. when she was visited by a tax deposition team She rudely tells them off, not offering them to sit, vanquishing them to see Colonel Sartoris, who did not collect taxes from her family for a long time and who was already dead for almost ten years already. 5. What is the conflict in the story? To whom does it reside?: 5. What is the conflict in the story ? To whom does it reside? There are three main conflicts in the story: Emily versus her father, Emily versus the modern world, and, Emily versus her emotional and psychological debilities. 6. How do the people of Jefferson react when they see Emily Grierson with Homer Barron? Why is this relationship met with such ambivalent reactions?: 6. How do the people of Jefferson react when they see Emily Grierson with Homer Barron? Why is this relationship met with such ambivalent reactions? The town heavily disapproves of the affair and brings Emily's cousins to town to stop the relationship. Emily becomes fond of him, but others find the relationship impossible because each of their geographic differences. Though the Civil War had long been over at the time period of Faulkner’s story, the relationship between Miss Emily Grierson and Homer Barron represented the persisting conflict between the North and the South. 7. What do the townsfolks discover when they inspect the different rooms of the grierson house right after the funeral of miss emily? Does it help tighten the story by supplying the clue as regards the gaps in the narrative?: 7. What do the townsfolks discover when they inspect the different rooms of the grierson house right after the funeral of miss emily? Does it help tighten the story by supplying the clue as regards the gaps in the narrative? A: They discover Homer Barron’s dead body on a bed. Yes, supplying the clue as regards the gaps in the narrative helped tighten the story. Fin: Fin Merci de m'avoir écouté ! (Thank you for listening!)

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