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In the short story A Rose for Emily 1930 William Faulkner presents Miss Emilys instable state of mind through a missed sequence of events Faulkner arranges the story in fractured time and then introduces characters who contribute to the development of Miss Emilys personality The theme of isolation is also presented by Faulkners descriptive words and symbolic images Faulkner uses anachronism to illustrate Miss Emilys confused mind The story is split into five sections The first section begins with Miss Emilys funeral and moves on to her past Faulkner first recaptures the dispensation of Miss Emilys taxes in 1894 he continues by illustrating Miss Emilys nature no to accepts new concepts When the next generation with its more modern ideas comes along Miss Emily refuses to accept them 1009 Miss Emilys mixed feeling about the past is reflected in the structure of the story Unlike most stories the narrator does not continue the plot with the next chronological event rather presents one that happened two years earlier This switch once again mirrors Miss Emilys unclear state of mind The storys disjointed time frame not only reflects a puzzled memory but it also suggests Miss Emilys unwillingness to move along with time While the reader reads through time and expects the story to be in sequence Faulkner deliberately switches the time back and forth to emphasize Miss Emilys desire to stay in past After the author introduces the character of Miss Emily he goes back even further into the past to explain why Miss Emily possesses her unique personality He also contributes to the development of Miss Emilys personality through the introduction of her father Homer Barron and Miss Emilys great aunt who all influence her maturity and experience of life The primary figure in Miss Emilys life is her father Faulkner uses this relationship to reveal Miss Emilys reserved nature Because her father is an upper class figure some of his ways of thinking
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