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A Rose for Emily Time and Setting By Rob Caster E-mail rcasterhotmailcom In A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner the author uses the element of time to enhance details of the setting and vice versa By avoiding the chronological order of events of Miss Emilys life Faulkner first gives the reader a finished puzzle and then allows the reader to examine this puzzle piece by piece step by step By doing so he enhances the plot and presents two different perspectives of time held by the characters The first perspective the world of the present views time as a mechanical progression in which the past is a diminishing road The second perspective the world of tradition and the past views the past as a huge meadow which no winter ever quite touches divided from them now by the narrow bottleneck of the most recent decade of years The first perspective is that of Homer and the modern generation The second is that of the older members of the Board of Aldermen and of the confederate soldiers Emily holds the second view as well except th at for her there is no bottleneck dividing her from the meadow of the past Faulkner begins the story with Miss Emilys funeral where the men see her as a fallen monument and the women are anxious to see the inside of her house He gives us a picture of a woman who is frail because she has fallen yet as important and symbolic as a monument The details of Miss Emilys house closely relate to her and symbolize what she stands for It is set on what had once been the most select street The narrator which is the town in this case describes the house as stubborn and coquettish Cotton gins and garages have long obliterated the neighborhood but it is the only house left With a further look at Miss Emilys life
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