The Struggle for Control– A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner
William Faulkner was born in Oxford, Mississippi in 1897. Living in the south provided Faulkner a direct account of the battle in between releasing the past and attempting to progress. He likewise saw the troubles individuals around him were facing: the problems making ends satisfy and living day to day in the turn-of-the-century south, and Faulkner brings this theme to life in the short story, “A Rose for Emily.” Emily Grierson is a senior lady who desperately holds on to the past while the world around her is moving into the future.
Her life is a mystery to her townspeople; once she passed away, however, the whole town was in attendance at her funeral service, just to see what took place to her. In informing this tale, Faulkner goes back and forth in between the present of the story and flashbacks to effectively disclose each and every information. Faulkner elegantly uses a non-linear timeline to magnify the ever-present battle between the ideologies of the old south and those of the new south. Miss Emily Grierson is a female who embodies the old south.
The customizeds, the rules, the unspoken guidelines, which’s the method she likes it. When the times start to alter, she retreats into her home, declining to go along with the brand-new styles of living. Yet, when Miss Emily looks out her window and she sees something that she might like about the new south, his name is Homer Barron. Homer is “a Yankee- a big, dark, prepared male, with a huge voice and eyes lighter than his face (Faulkner 31). He immediately becomes a center of attention and entertainment in the town. He is the embodiment of the new south.
The relationship in between Miss Emily and Homer Barron is a blending of old south and brand-new south, the combining of 2 periods. When she had actually first begun to be seen with Homer Barron, we had stated, “She will marry him. Then we stated, “She will convince him yet, because Homer himself had actually said- he liked guys, and it was understand that he drank with the younger guys in the Elks’ Club- that he was not the weding man. Later we said.
“Poor Emily, behind the jalousies as they handed down Sunday afternoon in the glittering buggy, Miss Emily with her head held high. Faulkner 33) Homer obviously has no intention of marrying Miss Emily; due to the truth the he is either a validated bachelor or preferres the business of males, though Faulkner never clarifies. In either case, he is with Miss Emily simply because doing so provides him recognition and an excellent standing in the town.
He wants to be seen out with her, but not have any dedications to her in the tiniest. He wants the popularity and the status that comes with Miss Emily and her title, but still wants to have his beverages with the young boys and be a “male’s guy. Hypocrisy is another thematic gadget highly present in this story along with the battle of ideals. Homer displays a double-sided or hypocritical attitude that is likewise apparent with the townspeople. They see Miss Emily as a prestigious member of the town and regard her as an older woman. Yet, when she and Homer are seen out in public together, the town is outraged. Because Miss Emily is a single woman, she clearly needs a chaperone to view her at all times.
To the town’s discouragement, Miss Emily does not desire a chaperon and does not care who is agitated by her disobedience of that rule. Miss Emily is likewise a hypocrite. She is a ritual believer of old southern customs and she falls for a man who does not. She enjoys her old methods, however also falls for a male who enjoys the new south. The condescending undertone of the town’s people goes hand in hand with the hypocrisy in the story. They desire her to alter, yet they continue to treat her like an ancient relic.
While informing the story of Miss Emily, Faulkner utilizes a non-linear timeline to go back and forth from today time of Miss Emily’s funeral service to flashbacks of her life, hence further contributing to the clashing ideals of the old and brand-new south. The constant time change embodies the south’s failure to let go of the past and move on with the future. They can not come to terms with the new south can be found in and taking control of. Individuals of the south believe that they must hold on for dear life, in worry of being forgotten, so they continually go back, and keep in mind and remember customizeds and events of the old south to keep them alive.
This style of storytelling upsets the chronology of the work. The timeline is continuously taking the readers back to a gruesome or monstrous experience in order to expose the awful reality that is in today. Taking the reader to a dark and unsightly place is common in works written by Southern Gothic authors like William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams. This frequently consists of producing characters with qualities that will make the reader wince with disgust, however with enough excellent qualities to keep the reader intrigued.
Southern Gothic writers frequently use these flawed characters to heighten the repulsive aspects of the south. The old south is an age filled with battle. The abundant battle to keep the bad lower class bad. The lower class battle to keep their incomes afloat. There have actually been racial battles and the continuous fight to hold tightly to the past in fear of the future. Faulkner’s gothic narrative “A Rose for Emily,” is the tale of a lady’s life and death and how the era of the old south refused to let go of the past to move on with modifications of the brand-new era.
Miss Emily is so tightly bound to her old southern manner ins which she even keeps her dead lover in her home and lies with him. Miss Emily is a necrophiliac, in more methods than one. She likes her methods a lot that even after their death to the brand-new south; she clings to them like her dead enthusiast, Homer. She can not let go, not even on her own death bed. Faulkner utilizes a non-linear timeline to go back and forth through time as another example of a failure of growth. Faulkner disrupts the chronology of the story in order to represent the south’s failure to let go of the past.