Foreshadowing in “A Rose for Emily”
Despite “A Rose for Emily’s” confusing and sometimes hard to follow sequence of events, many things is foreshadowed in this story. Faulkner uses a lot of foreshadowing in this story. There seems to be some type of foreshadowing in every slice of the story. Through the story Faulkner flashes back and forth through various events in the life of Emily Grierson and the town of Jefferson. The following paragraphs will give just a few examples of this .
One of the first examples of foreshadowing is the comparison of the archaic house with Emily as it raises its “stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps.” (Faulkner) This actually foreshadows the willful decay of Emily herself. She, like the Old South, is on their way out.
In the next part of the story there are a few examples of foreshadowing. The one that pops out is after Emily’s father dies, she “told them that her father was not dead. She did that for three days.” (Faulkner) This is an implication of Emily’s rising madness. Her unwillingness to let go of her father also foretells the whole circumstances with Homer Baron. Another more subtle example would be when they said “a smell that developed between the gross, teeming world and the high and might Griersons.” (Faulkner) This is another allusion of the dying Old South.
As the story develops we see more foreshadowing. “She was sick for a long time. When we saw her again her hair was cut short, making her look like a girl, with a vague resemblance to those angels in colored church windows—sort of tragic and serene.” (Faulkner) This implies Emily, actually relieved by the death of her father, returns to a younger state of mind. Now she can do what she wants and decides to go out and about with Homer Baron.
The subsequent part of the story has the purchasing of arsenic by Emily. When she proceeds to the pharmacist to buy arsenic, the pharmacist asks why, she...