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Characterization refers to the techniques a writer uses to develop characters In the story A Rose for Emily William Faulkner uses characterization to reveal the character of Miss Emily He expresses the content of her character through physical description through her actions words and feelings through a narrators direct comments about the characters nature and through the actions words and feelings of other characters Faulkner best uses characterization to examine the theme of the story too much pride can end in homicidal madness Miss Emily the main character of this story lives for many years as a recluse someone who has withdrawn from a community to live in seclusion No visitor had passed since she ceased giving china-painting lessons eight or ten years earlier 394 Faulkner characterizes Miss Emilys attempt to remove herself from society through her actions After her fathers death she went out very little after her sweetheart went away people hardly saw her at all 395 The death of her father and the shattered relationship with her sweetheart contributed to her seclusion Though her father was responsible for her becoming a recluse her pride also contributed to her seclusion None of the young men were quite good enough for Miss Emily and such 395 Faulkner uses the feelings of other characters to show Miss Emilys pride Her pride has kept her from socializing with other members of the community thus reinforcing her solitary But Miss Emilys father is still responsible for her being a hermit We remembered all the young men her father had driven away 396 If he had not refuse the men who wanted to go out with Miss Emily she may have not gone crazy Miss Emily may have wanted seclusion but her heart lingered for companionship Her desire for love and companionship drove her to murder Homer Baron She knew her intentions when she bought the arsenic poison Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the
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