Reaction To The Reading Of "A Rose For Emily" By William Faulkner

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My Reaction to Reading "A Rose for Emily"

July 13, 2011

My Reaction to Reading "A Rose for Emily"
“A Rose for Emily” was written by William Faulkner and is set shortly after the Civil War. In this paper I believe that Faulkner was trying to create a story about a woman in love that wanted a family and a normal life. When she does find a man that she believes could give her the life she has been longing for she also finds that he does not truly want her, and in the end this causes Emily to murder him. Faulkner is a brilliant writer who in this short story draws a picture of the life of a girl who was house bound most of her life because of her father. After his death she thought that she could find a normal life of her own. I found myself reading and hoping that she would find this life and love that she longed for.
In the short story “A Rose for Emily” the story starts at the end, with her death and then after talking about her funeral Faulkner then writes about her ...view middle of the document...

When you begin reading you find that the people of this town held a great interest about the life of Emily Grierson and then as you read on in the story you learn of Miss Emily’s life and how she grew up with a father who wanted her to stay at home. The story goes on to tell how after her father’s death she meets the man that she thinks she will someday marry. However, just as in real life, things turn out a little differently for Emily than what I believe she had expected. I think that the theme of the story is that all people think that life is going to work out one way, though it rarely does and we all have to deal with the things that happen in our lives the best way we know how. In Miss Emily’s case, she got her heart broken and so she murdered her lover with poison because in her mind that was the only way to keep him near her.
An inference that can be made from reading this story is that Emily was a very lonely woman who longed for a great love in her life, and after the love she thought she had found fell apart, she fell apart herself. My impression of the story was one of great regret, and heartache. I believe Miss Emily could have had a very different life had she not had a father that kept her at his side until his death. I believe had her father let her get out and get to know more people and build relationships with other people then Emily could have possibly found the life she always wanted. I cannot say with any certainty who exactly the author was writing to and for what purpose. However, if I had to guess it would be to all the girls in the world that have led lives of hardship and loneliness. I believe Faulkner wanted to show that if a person lives a lonely life and finally finds the thing that he or she has been waiting his or her whole life for, and then to have that taken away, this can make people do crazy things. In this instance Emily had found the love of her life and when confronted with the fact that she could not have this man, she killed him. She killed him because she knew of no other way to keep him beside her, so I believe that night after night she lay beside him, even though he was now a corpse, and in some strange way she found great comfort in him being at her side. This to me makes this short story one of love and loss as well as a story of the life of Emily Grierson.

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