A Rose For Emily 3 Essay Research — страница 2

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do it. They remembered all of the young men her father had driven away, and they knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her. For a long period after her father’s death Miss Emily was sick and remained in solitude, when she reappears she appears girlish. In the summer after her father’s death she is seen by the townspeople with a Yankee day laborer driving in the yellow-wheeled buggy on Sunday afternoons. The older townspeople thought that even with Miss Emily’s grief, she couldn’t forget that she came from a family of a higher social position than to date a northern Yankee. Still the townspeople say “Poor Emily” declaring her “fallen” from the high Grierson perch. They felt that her kinfolk’s should be notified to intervene

with this supposed affair. Next Miss Emily goes to the town druggist to buy poison. The narrator describes her as “a slight woman, though thinner than usual, with cold, haughty black eyes in a face the flesh of which was strained across the temples and about the eye-sockets as imagine a lighthouse-keeper’s face ought to look” (58). She wants poison, “the best” – “arsenic”. The narrator wants you to focus on her appearance, what is she thinking? The townspeople knew of the purchase and thought that “She will kill herself” which they said it would be the best thing. When she first began seeing Homer Barron they said, “She will marry him” they said “she will persuade him yet”, because Homer himself said he liked men. The ladies of the town forced the

Baptist minister to call upon her, but then he refused to return after one visit. Then Homer disappears from town returning only once and was seen by a neighbor being admitted through the kitchen door. And that was the last the townspeople saw of Homer Barron. And of Miss Emily for some time. The next time they saw Miss Emily, she was fat and her hair was turning gray. When Miss Emily was fortyish, she begins teaching china painting, but after six or seven years the front door was closed after the last student and remained closed for good. The final images of Miss Emily could be seen in one of the downstairs windows, she had evidently shut up the top floor of the house, “like the carven torso of an idol in a niche, looking or not looking at us, we could never tell which”

(59). “Thus she passed from generation to generation – dear, inescapable, impervious, tranquil, and perverse” (59). The narrator describes her as being a “mysterious” woman describing details of events and images of her when being seen until she dies. The narrator returns to the beginning of the story to the scene of the funeral. The two female cousins came to town and held the funeral on the second day. The ladies were “sibilant and macabre” and the old men were wearing their confederate uniforms. They waited until they buried her before they decided to enter her bridal room that has not been seen in forty years. The door had to be forced open, “A thin, acrid pall as of the tomb seemed to lie everywhere upon this room decked and furnished as for a bridal: upon

the valance curtains of faded rose color, upon the rose shaded lights, upon the dressing table, upon the delicate array of crystal and the man’s toilet things” (60). The narrator is describing this to be the bridal room of when she courted Homer Barron. And then they announce that a man himself lay in the bed. Then we notice on the other pillow a strand of gray hair. The narrator’s tone enhances the mystery as the readers become detectives and use the clues in the time table presented.