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In A Rose for Emily William Faulkners use of language foreshadows and builds up to the climax of the story His choice of words is descriptive tying deeply into the theme through which Miss Emily Grierson threads herself characteristic of the effects of time and the nature of the old and the new Appropriately the story begins with death flashes back to the near distant past and leads on to the demise of a woman and the traditions of the past she personifies Faulkner has carefully crafted a multi-layered masterpiece and he uses language characterization and chronology to move it along a sober commentary flowing beneath on the nature of time change and chance--as well as a psychological narrative on the static nature of memory The discovery of a strand of her hair on the pillow next to the rotting corpse suggests that she slept with the dead guy or even worse had sex with it Emilys cruel life therefore contributes to her rather severe psychological abnormality necrophilia Faulkners cleverly constructed the story to show the elusive nature of time and memory For example in section five of the story the narrator describes the very old men gathered at Emilys funeral The old men some who fought in the Civil War mistakenly believe that Emily was a contemporary of theirs when in fact Emily was born sometime around the Civil War The old men have confused Faulkner does a very good job of developing the plot and unraveling this story he makes it sound as if poor old Emily is just like any other old lady down the street You dont really know that much about her The whole town went to her funeral after all True that most of them were just curious about her house Much like many of us is about that one creepy old house that seems to be in every small town in America The narrator does not continue the
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