A Rose For Emily

Mateya, Gavin and Allison

William Faulkner

  • Born in New Albany, MS

  • 09/25/1897

  • Grew up in Oxford, MS

  • 1949 Nobel Prize, two pulitzers, and two national book awards

  • Parents- Murry and Maud Falkner

  • 1987-1962

Summary of A Rose for Emily


  • Emily’s funeral

  • Emily’s father’s death and being abandoned by Homer

  • Affair with Homer

  • Purchasing Arsenic

  • Finding Homer’s body on Emily’s bed

Literary Terms

  • Obliterated

    • Destroy utterly

  • Thwarted

    • Prevent from accomplishing something

  • Inextricable

    • Impossible to separate

How it Begins

The story begins at the huge funeral for Miss Emily Grierson. Nobody has been to her house in ten years, except for her servant. Her house is old, but was once the best house around. The town had a special relationship with Miss Emily ever since it decided to stop billing her for taxes in 1894. But, the "newer generation" wasn't happy with this arrangement, and so they paid a visit to Miss Emily and tried to get her to pay the debt. She refused to acknowledge that the old arrangement might not work any more, and flatly refused to pay.

Thirty years before, the tax collecting townspeople had a strange encounter with Miss Emily about a bad smell at her place. This was about two years after her father died, and a short time after her lover disappeared from her life. Anyhow, the stink got stronger and complaints were made, but the authorities didn't want to confront Emily about the problem. So, they sprinkled lime around the house and the smell was eventually gone.

Everybody felt sorry for Emily when her father died. He left her with the house, but no money. When he died, Emily refused to admit it for three whole days. The town didn't think she was "crazy then," but assumed that she just didn't want to let go of her dad, (even though you could argue that he had stolen her youth from her).