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An Analysis of A Rose for Emily William Faulkners A Rose for Emily is a very complex story This short story was Faulkners first sale of a short story to a national magazine Forum Skei 84 Faulkner born in Mississippi began to construct his fictional chronicle of Yoknapatawpha County which is often based directly on the history of his own Lafayette County Inge 136 This is the setting of A Rose for Emily Also Faulkner based the character of Colonel Satoris on his great-grandfather Colonel William Clark Falkner Inge 136 Colonel William Clark Falkner had a literary reputation also He wrote The White Rose of Memphis Inge 136 However Falkners talent was not inherited He became friends with a young Oxford lawyer named Phil Stone a graduate of Yale University and a man of somewhat cultivated literary taste who would provide him with some of the first reading material that would shape his talent Inge 136 Faulkner started out writing poems then novels and then short stories When Forum bought A Rose for Emily it gave Faulkner encouragement to keep writing short stories A Rose for Emily may not be Faulkners best short story but the characteristics it holds make it a famous story In A Rose for Emily Faulkner places importance in three different elements characterization symbolism and theme Each of these helps explain the story very vividly almost to the point one might feel a part of it Characterization is a very important element in A Rose for Emily The protagonist of the story is Miss Emily The antagonists of the story are Miss Emilys father the community the druggist and the new Aldermen There are also a few flat characters which are Homer old lady Wyatt Colonel Satoris Judge Stevens and the minister and his wife Faulkners vivid description of Miss Emily at the different times of her life shows how she has changed throughout the years and makes the story easier
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