1. The final detail is meaningful because it shows that Emily had lain in that bed, next to that man, after he had died. Faulkner had given great detail to the change in color of her hair throughout her life on page 36. By the time she had died, her hair was an “iron-gray” color. Just like the strand of hair found on the pillow. 2. The unnamed narrator seems to be a representation of the townspeople as a whole. He is most likely a member of the town. He talks about the curiosity of the townspeople upon her death and uses the term we to connect himself to the other members of the community. Obviously though, he is one of the never more modern-thinking members of the community, which is shown as he discusses things that had happened in the past. He, or she, is representing the accumulative voice for what is occurring in the town. He supplies multiple opinions given by the townspeople, without really sharing his feelings for her.
3. In this setting, it is better that “A Rose for Emily” is told from the point of view of a narrator, because the narrator is providing an outline of Emily’s life, along with the views about her, from the community around her. In “A & P” the only opinion given was from the main character, so it was hard to know what everyone else in the store thought of the three girls in the swimsuits, without making assumptions. In “A Rose for Emily” the narrator supplies the opinions of the community in a way that Emily could not. 4. Homer disappeared after becoming engaged to Emily, Emily bought arsenic from the drug store, and there was a foul odor coming from Emily’s home. All of these things could be considered foreshadowing, and there were times that it seemed that something might have happened to Homer, as with the arsenic, however, Homer returned after Emily had bought the arsenic. Because the events are out of order, it is hard to pair one event to another until the end.
5. The narrator is constantly addressing the fact that as the generations change in the town, they grow more modern and pity Emily more as time continues. At the same time, Emily refuses to accept her father’s death, she refuses to pay her taxes, even when the new sheriff says that there are no records of her exchange with the Colonel, and other similar events. 6. Emily seemed to have come from a once wealthy family that had lost their money, but not their social standing. Homer however, came from a poorer family up north, and he works on sidewalks for a living. He is a day laborer. In the society that Emily resides in, people of her social standing do not mix with day laborers. It is an interaction that is frowned upon, let alone a day laborer from the north. 7. When Faulkner describes Emily, a mental image is gained of a small, fat woman, who is basically decaying and living alone, and yet, she has the ability to “vanquish” the sheriff and the aldermen when they come to collect taxes.
That just seems a little odd. Just like how her cousins that no longer come in contact with her family, rush to her home when they find out that Emily is associating herself with a “common” Northerner. Both of these events are rather humorous, however, it is still rather grim when it is discovered that Emily had killed Homer, and kept his body in one of the rooms, and had obviously, by the end, spent time in that room with the dead body. 8. Faulkner’s tone is sympathetic towards Emily. He never mentions that she is crazy or a criminal. When you read this story, you feel no judgment of Emily from the author; the narrator does not offer his own opinions for feelings for Emily. Her life is lost in the slow death of the old South, and her father’s domination. As she struggles to deal with her loneliness, she picks the wrong man, Homer Barron. The fact that Faulkner wrote Homer the way he did, shows that he needed to express the absolute bad luck that Miss Emily experienced in her life. First her father prevents her from finding a husband, once he is dead, she starts going out with a man, even though he is a Yankee, he prefers men to women. It could not possibly get any worse for Emily. He seems to feel sorry for her. He writes her as a victim of circumstances beyond her control.