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Why do the townspeople refer to Emily as poor Emily?

In “A Rose for Emily,” the townspeople keep repeating “poor Emily” as an indication that they believe she has fallen from her privileged social standing. Miss Emily does not conform to their social expectations, particularly when she chooses to enjoy the company of a man who is a day laborer from the North.

How does the town interpret Emily’s reaction to her father’s death?

Emily’s reaction to the death of her father is one of denial and clinging to unrealistic expectations; it is also very telling of her state of mind and serves as a foreshadowing of what is to come with Homer.

What literary elements are used in A Rose for Emily?

William Faulkner uses several types of figurative language in A Rose for Emily. His descriptions often rely on literary devices such as metaphors, similes, personification, and alliteration.

What is significant about the gray hair at the end of a Rose for Emily?

The gray hair on the pillow indicates that she has been lying down on the bed, beside the corpse of her dead former fiance. There’s also an indent in the pillow, which suggest that it wasn’t a once-or-twice occurrence. Gray hair is sometimes seen as a sign of wisdom and respect.

What is significant about the gray hair at the end of the short story?

The gray hair is significant because it proves that Miss Emily had been sleeping in the bed next to the dead Homer Barron. The fact that it is gray proves that she had been sleeping there for a long time.

Why did Miss Emily stop giving China painting lessons?

Miss Emily’s cessation of the lessons is indicative of the distancing of the whole town from her, as well as the changing values of the town. In older days, the town was connected, cared for its members, and respected its elders. This dying art of china painting is one more example of the changing values.

How does the town feel about Miss Emily?

The townspeople respect Miss Emily as a kind of living monument to their glorified but lost pre-Civil War Southern past, but are therefore also highly judgmental and gossipy about her, sometimes hypocritically.