"A Rose for emily": Discussion Questions
#1. Who is the narrator?
* 1st person plural: neighbors with upper status
* reason for 1st person plural: create a mystery, creep, unsettling
* suggest a status, prominent
* would not get a feeling of fallen monument, if Emily was telling a story
#2. (a) Discuss the general attitude of the townspeople towards Miss Emily
* attitude: shift and change
* admire, paradoxically pity, respect
* pity: going after tax, says "leave the lady alone" when did not know about Colonel's death
* "poor Emily; when homer has no interest, death of her father
* sympathetic but condescending -> strange mixture
* intimidated by her when she was young
* when unpleasant smell occurred, old people decided not to tell her and clean by themselves.
* when she tries to by poison, druggist reluctant to sell her b/c she had no reasons
* intimidate him to give poison
(b)Contrast the attitude of the men of Jefferson towards Miss Emily with those of the women. Why do the men feel different about her?
* women: interested in house and her love life
* "just send someone to clean"
* seem to be far less intimidated, practical, down to earth, d/n see her as fallen monument
* men w/ older generation: intimidated by her family, not her
* calling lady, chivalry might have a big role
* chivalry: reason why women more practical
#3. Describe Tobe. Why doesn't he tell anyone about Homer Barron's death?
* smart enough to disappear
* maybe intimidated by her, even more so b/c her status
* self-preservation: might be accused of not preventing, and not reporting
#4. Discuss the meaning of the title.
* called frequently Miss Emily during the passage, but the title Emily
* analogy for no love, no rose
* no romance in her life
* more intimate way of calling her
* sick way of showing...