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Is Emily a villain, a victim, or both in "A Rose for Emily"? (Other (Not Listed) Sample)


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September 28, 2020
Analysis – A Rose for Emily
Understanding the thematic relationship between different characters in the story is essential for any reader. It allows him to gain a deeper insight into the narrative through an appreciation of the character’s personality based on his backstory. Accordingly, I would like to focus on ‘Emily’ in Faulkner’s novel entitled A Rose for Emily. Although a quick glance of Emily’s character would give the readers an idea about her sins, a closer look at her upbringing would also show that her character was due to her previous experiences. All in all, I believe that despite being a villain or victimizer, Emily’s deeds were brought about by her years of becoming the victim.
Emily’s Story
The main plot of the novel A Rose for Emily revolves around the narrator’s recollection of Emily’s past. It was shown that as a young woman, Emily was prevented by her own father to marry. However, as her father died and left her, Emily started to act mysteriously as she was left all alone by herself. Interestingly, rather than looking at her actions suspiciously, the townspeople attributed her acts as a ‘coping mechanism’ as she grieves for her own father. However, as the story concludes, the readers would find out that Emily killed her romantic partner Homer Barron and had slept with his corpse for a long time as she tried to preserve the memories of her past.

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