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In 1930 author William Faulkner wrote perhaps one of his best known short stories A Rose for Emily which is a short story about the life of Emily Grierson before her death Faulkner starts the story at Miss Emilys funeral in her home He goes on to talk about how Miss Emily had a special relationship with the town and didnt have to pay her We learn later on that Miss Emilys father dies and soon after she meets a man by the name of Homer Barron and starts to build a relationship with him Eventually Miss Emilys hair starts to turn gray and she dies in the downstairs bedroom By the end of the story Faulkner takes us back to the beginning at Miss Emilys funeral After she was buried the townspeople go upstairs to break into the room that has been closed for forty years The townspeople then find the corpse of Homer Barron in the bed and an indentation of a head with a gray hair on the pillow next to him Many people enjoy short stories but to fully understand them the reader must decide what strategy they are going to use to approach them One way to approach a short story is to experience interpret and evaluate it When you are experiencing a short story it means that you are allowing the story to make an impression on you in some way We start trying to understand the situations happening learning and understanding the characters and start to form our own opinion of the story This story takes place in the south in in a small town called Jefferson and is stretched out over many decades giving us flash backs of Emilys life before her death Faulkner never tells us exactly when the story takes place but gives you the idea that it is sometime after the slavery era The narrator is tricky to figure out it often refers to
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