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A Character Analysis of William Faulkner's "A Rose For Emily"
In William Faulkner’ s short story “A Rose For Emily”
he had described Emily using five adjectives. These five adjectives
were identified in Part IV of his story. “Thus she passed from
generation to generation – dear, inescapable, impervious,
tranquil, and perverse.”(80) Alice Hall Petry makes note of Terry
Heller’ s analysis that “only four” of the adjectives
are used by the time we get to that statement and that each adjective
coincides with each Part of the story in the order that they appear.
Petry also makes note to a few that have pondered the reason for
Faulkner’ s placement of this passage in Part IV and sums it up
to be Faulkner’ s way of foreshadowing.
In Part I, Faulkner described Emily to be “dear.” The word
“dear” can have two meanings in this sense. Petry believes
Faulkner had meant “dear” to mean “sweet or
cherished” in her article. “On a tarnished easel before the
fireplace stood a crayon portrait of Miss Emily’ s father.”
(Faulkner 76) Because the portrait was done in crayon, it is assumed
that Miss Emily was a child when it was drawn; childhood is assumed to
be a period in life where everything is sweet and innocent. The
tarnished easel would then represent that the portrait was put there
in front of the fireplace for some time, a portrait that her father
had cherished. In retrospect, Heller had believed the word
“dear” to mean “costly.” (Petry 53) Heller sees
this in Part I of the story when Emily refuses to pay her taxes.
(Petry 53)
When the next generation, with its more modern ideas, became mayors
and aldermen, this arrangement created some little dissatisfaction.
the first of the year they mailed her a tax notice. February came,
there was no reply. They wrote her a formal letter, asking her to
call the
sheriff’ s office at her convenience. A week later the mayor
wrote her
himself, offering to call or send his car for her, and received in
reply a
note on paper of an archaic shape, in a thin, flowing calligraphy in
ink, to the effect that she no longer went out at all. The tax notice
was also enclosed, without comment.
Later in that same Part when the aldermen went to Miss Emily’ s
home “Her voice was dry and cold. ‘ I have no taxes in
Jefferson. Colonel Sartoris explained it to me. Perhaps one of you can
gain access to the city records and satisfy yourselves.’ ”
In Part II, Faulkner described Emily to be “inescapable.”
Alice Hall Petry believes that Faulkner related this to the events
leading to the decomposition of Homer Baron’ s body and
“the smell.” “…just as she had vanquished their
fathers thirty years before about the smell.” (Faulkner 76)
“ ‘ Just as if a man – any man – could keep a