CHRONOLOGICALORDER IN “A ROSE FOR EMILY”
Theshort story “A Rose for Emily”, by William Faulkner follows arather strange sequence of events the author presents the events ina reverse order, that is, the transition of events in the storystarts from the past to the present events. The author adopts aunique approach to presenting the story of the protagonist who isknown as Emily Grierson and things that have taken place in her lifesince the death of her father up to the time of her own demise.Faulkner uses this style of presenting events in a non-chronologicalorder not only to make this short story to be interesting and easilycomprehensible but also to create suspense.
Inthe short story, the author has presented the events in fivenon-chronological sections starting with Emily’s death and herfuneral which is attended by all the people in her town and endingwith the time that her father died. The events in the story can,however, be rearranged as follows to show the correct sequence inwhich they actually occur first of all, Emily purchases poison, thisevent is then followed by the visit by the Aldermen, and then thearrival of Homer in town. After the arrival of Homer in town, thereis the development of odor around Emily’s house and lastly, ColonelSartori finally makes a decision to remit Emily’s taxes.
Theauthor’s presentation of events in a rather irregular sequencecreates confusion. A reader of the story might get confused at timesbut at the end of the short story, everything begins to add up and,therefore, make sense. Faulkner uses the technique of foreshadowingin the short story, for instance, he provides foreshadowing and hintsto the disappearance of Emily’s husband and also Emily’s death.This technique used by the author does not only capture the reader’sattention but also create a sense of foreboding to the short story.
Faulkner,William. “A Rose for Emily.” TheNorton Introduction to Literature.Ed. Kelly J. Mays, Shorter 11thed. New York: Norton, 2013. 516-22. Print.