The best of the scripts provided Tony Hancock with a brilliant foil for his comic genius. Yet to assume they are all perfection would be too hopeful- quite often the shows are almost as humdrum as the very best of their contemporaries, however when at the peak of excellence, they are unsurpassable even today.
Now with a cute owl for your enjoyment. In only a few thousand words, Faulkner creates a multilayered tale that works as a personal tragedy, an allegory, and a pointed social commentary, among other things.
It is a story that I've re-read on a few occasions from the time I was first introduced to it in freshman Composition class back in to the present and each time, new elements come to the fore of my thoughts on "A Rose for Emily.
We see, through the perspective of the third-person narrator, the combination of duty and morbid curiosity of the townspeople of the fictional Jefferson, Mississippi regarding the death of that "fallen monument.
In the five sections of this tale, decay looms prominently: Fell ill in the house filled with dust and shadows, with only a doddering Negro man to wait on her. Faulkner's mixture of the literary past and present accentuates a larger change that is taking place in Jefferson that has largely bypassed Miss Emily's mostly-shuttered relic of a home.
A new generation is emerging in the s, one that has no first-hand recollection of the horrors of the Civil War and its traumatic aftermath. The complexities of a Colonel Sartoris, who is referenced in a single sentence as being a courtly gentleman who remits Miss Emily's city taxes in perpetuity while, as Mayor, creating an anti-black ordinance that serves as a reminder of the Jim Crow era, and his era are slowly giving way to a different generational outlook.
There are a few fleeting references to how that "monument," Miss Emily, has had to battle city leaders who seek to revoke the Colonel's roundabout way of "providing charity" to the nearly indigent scion of an old Southern family.
This connects with other references to social mores and the ways that the neighborhood around Miss Emily's home is changing. Decay is much more than a person or home mouldering into dust. From the purchase of arsenic, "for rats," to the spreading of lime to the drastic changes in Miss Emily's figure, nearly every paragraph contains portents for what follows after.
The narrative suspense developed from each of these little clues actually improves upon a re-read, as much of the joy derived from the story comes from seeing how adroitly Faulkner weaves these references to Miss Emily's past and present, overlain with commentary on the townspeople and their myriad responses to the events surrounding Miss Emily and her later seclusion, into a narrative tapestry that is a delight to read and re-read.
Furthermore, the two most powerful "voices" in this novel never "speak" from a point of view perspective. Miss Emily we come to know through her curt politeness to the city leaders, but beyond that and the recollections offered by the narrator, tinged with innuendo as those are, we never see her in action, yet by the story's end, when the tragedy of her life is revealed, her life, or rather, her descent into animated decay, has come to dominate the story.
Yet over this looms another, more hidden figure, that of her father. His control of Miss Emily is only hinted at in a couple of places, yet the insidiousness of it permeates the action of the story. Faulkner's use of allusion in regard to Miss Emily's father and apparently, his own role as another symbol of the fading post-war generation tinges "A Rose for Emily" with an allegorical quality one that Faulkner once noted was the origin for the "rose" in the story's title; even the most destitute deserve that "rose" of respect.
Each of the elements discussed above combine to create an absorbing read that rewards the reader who pauses and reflects upon each sentence, as there is so much occurring under the surface of the narrative. Miss Emily is a fascinating character and the background townspeople serve to underscore the divisions and social changes that are taking place around the core tragedy of this story.
A true masterpiece from one of the South's finest storytellers. Posted by Larry Nolen at 9:For more information on Faulkner, including commentaries on individual works, family genealogies, a character and place name glossary, bibliographies of criticism, a map and description of Faulkner sites in Oxford, and other information resources, visit William Faulkner on the Web, which is maintained by the author of this article.
The symbols used in “A Rose for Emily“ The story written by William Faulkner is filled with symbols and imageries, starting from its title where the “rose” signifies pity that the readers will have as they go through the lonely and challenging life of Emily Grierson.
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A Rose for Emily - "A Rose for Emily" is a wonderful short story written by William Faulkner.
It begins with at the end of Miss Emily’s life and told from an unknown person who most probably would be the voice of the town. A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner. October 14, By Mr. Spicer (GA) Rate this list: Activities for this list: upon the valance curtains of faded rose color, but now the long sleep that outlasts love, that conquers even the grimace of love.