A Salute to a Woman You Would Hand a Rose. Book Review
William Faulkner said that once faced with a choice between grief and nothing, he’d rather give his preference to grief. The reasons that stand behind his choice he further reveals in his work “A Rose for Emily”. The story written by Faulkner takes place in the South, in the era of racial inequity, as well as grandiose political changes than influenced the life of every person of the time. And even though the novel is not related to the personal life of the author, Faulkner describes such individual characteristics of a human being as loneliness and egoism using the story female protagonist – Ms Emily – as an example.
The first thing that hooks the reader about the heroine is her attitude towards death. To speak more precise, Ms Emily simply denies it. Once her father passes away, everyone in the village expects Miss Emily to feel the pain of sorrow. But the most horrible truth is that she doesn’t actually act like the person, who has just lost her parent. Instead, the lady goes on with her everyday life, just like nothing has happened. The idea that Faulkner writes about on the pages of his novel comes down to the following: it’s always better to accept death than ignore it.
The story can be analyzed through various aspects of the plot, especially the one related to the aspect of death. To begin with, it’s important to examine and highlight the hidden message that can be found on the printed pages. In this case it is presented as the theme of unwillingness to except changes and death itself. From the very first page of the story till the very end, death looms in every sentence, as the author talks about the funeral and Miss Emily’s reaction to it. On the day, when the funeral was supposed to be organized, the lady meets the crowd well-dressed and acting like nothing has changed in her life. This behavior demonstrates how hard the woman tried not to accept her father’s death. Moreover, she held to the father’s corpse and treated it as if he hadn’t passed away. Later, Miss Emily killed Homer in order to make sure he would always be there for her. Through all these events the reader can clearly see how terribly the heroine is afraid to let any changes in her life.
Being absolutely terrified by the changes that could occur in her town, Emily would not even allow brining the smallest changes in her life, like putting the numbers above her door for mail. She struggles hard to put off any innovation and keep the life as it has always been.
As Faulkner proceeds with his narration, he describes further the attempts of a woman to preserve everything in her life at a certain period she lived in. She kept her father’s body – “what was left of him” – in her house. The awfulness the moment lies in the fact that a human being with intellect and emotions would rather choose nothing than feeling pain because of a life loss.
To come to the point, the story “A Rose for Emily” is a highly crucial element of the world literature due to the precise examination of the range of effects of changes that the society of the olden South faced with and that serve as a good example for future generations.