Perspectives

“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner is a rather complex short story, dealing with historical aspects of the US, but also universal themes applicable to any period. Looking at the short story’s genre and the literary period as well as to similar texts will help you gain a better perspective on “A Rose for Emily”.

Literary period

William Faulkner is generally considered a modernist writer, due to the period he lived and wrote in. Features of modernism are the focus on the characters (in this case Emily) but also a mixture of styles and writing techniques.

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Works in the same genre

For you to better understand gothic literature we recommend that you also read some of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories such as “The Black Cat”, “The Facts if the Case of M. Valdemar” or “The Masque of the Red Death”.

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Works with the same theme

For a more modern approach to the topic of privacy, you could look at the way this theme is explored in “Neighbors” by Raymond Carver in which two spouses are...

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