Name: Hanin Yousef
Course: ENG 221
Instructor: Dr. Timothy B. Johns
Date: Monday September 10th, 2012
A Rose for Emily: 1st Essay
A Rose for Emily is a short narrative written by William Faulkner, an American writer from Mississippi. This story tells the story of Emily Grierson who belongs to a southern aristocratic family. Emily was a weird but an extremely interesting woman who no one could be able to get the best of her. Even though she was a rude dissociable outsider who lost all her beloved ones and left alone in a society that outer appearances and social class were considered major aspects in people's lives, she found a way to survive and maintain her strength. Through the events of the story you can realize the hardships Emily had gone through and all the unpleasant things that happened to her either from strangers or acquaintances.
When I first read this story I gave a part of my time focusing on the title and what this piece of narrative might be about.
Is it about roses? Is it a love story? Is it a funeral? Who is Emily and why she got flowers? Anyhow, for some reason, the word "Roses" stood up in the title and many questions came to my mind whether these roses symbolized something of what I thought it would. Are these roses from Emily's beloved? Are they from people in a funeral? Or did she use to plant them in her garden? And what is really interesting is that the title was intriguing and encouraged me to read the story in order to find out what did those roses symbolize in William Faulkner's short story.
From the title, I came up with a scenario of what this story could be about. My first plot...