A Rose for Emily

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What is death? Death is the action or fact of dying or being killed; the end of the life of a person or organism(1). We all know that just as we come to this world by the grace of God, he as well can take our lives at any time. Although we may not know how someone will die or what the circumstances in which the person will die, it will happen one day. Generally, we are so stubborn to think of our death that this knowledge does not touch our hearts, and we live our life as if we were going to be in this world forever. Death can define us by the things we have done in life. An example of this, in the literature world, can be the stories of “A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner, and “A good man is hard to find” by Flannery O'Connor. In both of these stories, the reader can see how death can be presented as a good thing or a bad thing, meaning that how a person dies has a lot to do with how a person was when they were alive. As mentioned before, “A Rose for Emily” and “A Good Man is hard to Find” are a perfect way to show how authors portray death as a positive and negative thing.

In the story “A rose for Emily,” the writer William Faulkner illustrates death with the main character, which is Emily Grierson. Faulkner describes Emily as a young woman, a tradition, a duty, and a care. She would live in the past even if what she had was dead. For example, when her father died, she did not want to admit it. His death sends her into physical, emotional, and financial depression that seems to isolate from her extended family as much as it isolates her from her town. Then, when she killed Homer, she kept his body for some time. Emily knows Homer is not the kind of person that will settle down and have a family. She refuses to allow a second man leave her, so she decides to kill him so that she can be with him forever. William uses “death” to write this story by giving us examples of Miss Emily herself, the house, and some other things that are being said in the story....