Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Respect in A Rose for Emily :: A Rose for Emily, William Faulkner

Respect in A Rose for Emily Miss Emily Grierson is nobody's best friend. Neither is she the enemy of any man or woman. Life has dealt her circumstances that anyone would falter underneath. Her personality suffers traumatically, but no one can hold that against her. Though not a very pleasant character, Miss Emily does have the support of the townspeople in the text of Faulkner's short story "A Rose for Emily." However, in the video version these same townspeople are portrayed as snoops and critics with no kind intentions seen. Miss Emily was not a social person after her father died, but the townspeople understood this. The townspeople understood "that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her as people will"(31). They did not hold it against her that she had trouble handling this situation. Emily is given the "respectful affection [of] a fallen monument"(28). Each tried in his/her own way to reach out to her. The authorities came to her house, the minister dropped by, and "a few of the ladies had the temerity to call"(30). Miss Emily continued on with life even going so far as to give "china-painting" lessons. The women of the town quite willingly send their daughters and granddaughters to learn from her. At one point in the story, a strong stench coming from Emily's house prompts a few disrespectful comments. Yet in spite of this, the text records that the "people began to feel sorry for her"(30). They are not brutes; inside themselves the townspeople have sympathy for this lady. The townspeople seemed curious about the happenings within her house, but they are not outright mean or obtrusive. After Homer Barron comes into the picture, the town is "glad that Miss Emily would have an interest"(31). Even in the final moments of her life the "whole town went to [Emily's] funeral"(28). They also have the decency to "wait until Miss Emily was in the ground before they opened [the region above the stairs no one had seen in forty years]"(34). The text of this story portrays these

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.