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A Rose for Emily

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“A Rose for Emily”

The story “A Rose for Emily”, written by William Faulkner, is a fictional short story. A fictional short story is a brief work of literature, usually written in narrative prose. At its most prototypical the short story features a small cast of named characters, and focuses on a self-contained incident with the intent of evoking a "single effect" or mood. It is also in the form a work that deals, in part or in whole with information or events that are not real, but rather, imaginary and theoretical, that is invented by the author. Upon reading the story, you will be aware that there are many types of element of fiction, the author used. Faulkner uses the various elements of fiction to turn his story enjoyable and has thrill to read. Through these elements, he creates profusion of suspense within the reader and making the reader wonder what is to come. The author exhibit several number of elements of fiction in "A Rose for Emily." Plot, foreshadowing, and flashbacks are just a few of the elements used to create a story full of suspense and speculation. Therefore, the story was considered as a fictional short story.

The author provides setting as part of the elements of his fictional short story. Setting, the location and time of a story, is often listed as one of the fundamental elements of fiction. The narrator carefully describes the house that Miss Emily lives in. This description helps us picture a decaying Mississippi town in the post-Civil War South. We also learn about Miss Emily's resistance to change. “It was a big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies, set on what had once been our most select street. But garages and cotton gins had encroached and obliterated even the august names of that neighborhood; only Miss Emily's house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps--an eyesore among eyesores.” As stated on the story. Later we enter the house itself and, eventually, end up inside one particular room. The physical details of the setting become linked with the values, ideals, and attitudes of that place in different times. Settings add important dimensions of meaning, reflecting character and embodying theme.

Character is another elements of fictional short story. Characterization is often listed as one of the fundamental elements of fiction. A character is a participant in the story, and is usually a person, but may be any personal identity, or entity whose existence originates from a fictional work or performance. In the story, they are composed of point-of-view character; the character from whose perspective (theme) the audience experiences the story, protagonist; the driver of the action of the story and therefore responsible for achieving the story's


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