Faulkner Essay

1. The introduction to the lesson says that Faulkner’s “great theme was the American South. ” “A Rose for Emily” is a good example of regionalism. Identify two examples of local color from the story. 2. In the first paragraph Miss Emily is compared to a “fallen monument. ” What does his metaphor tell the reader about her social status before she died? 3. Part two begins with a shift in time. At this point in the story, Miss Emily’s father has been dead for two years and the townspeople begin to complain about a suspicious smell.

After you have finished reading the story, hypothesize about the cause of the smell. 4. Who begins to date Miss Emily in Part III, and why was he in town? 5. What is the climax A decisive moment that is of maximum intensity or is a major turning point in a plot. of the story? Explain your answer. 6. In parts III & IV, Miss Emily makes a few suspicious purchases in town. What does she buy and what is the purpose of each item? 7. “A Rose for Emily” is not told in chronological order. List each section in chronological order and explain your choices.

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In section II Emily’s cousins came expecting a wedding. When they don’t find Homer, they assume he went to prepare for the wedding. After Emily’s cousins left, “within three days Homer Barron was back in town. ” What happened to Homer next? 9. When the story returns to present day and the townspeople enter Miss Emily’s upstairs room, what do they find after breaking down the door? 10. What do you suppose happened to Homer Barron? What context clues help you piece together his fate?