Gothic Elements Used in A Rose for Emily
Southern Gothic became popular in the 19th century by famous short story writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Ambrose Bierce. Unlike traditional gothic writing, Southern Gothic is unique to the American South and goes in depth about unpleasant Southern Characteristics. It focuses on details such as death, violence and grotesque aspects. These are all used to “explore social issues and reveal the cultural character of the American South (Wikipedia).”
Authors use Southern Gothic writing to show the brokenness of a character by giving them qualities such as isolation, freakishness and people that are “not right in the head (Oprah).” Authors analyze their character and want you to make your own decision about who they are by using characteristics that make them seem insane, though to the character, they are normal. Mortality is usually a possibility to most characters. Although authors point out a certain type of innocence, desperation usually overpowers any type of innocence given to a character.
The sense of place in Southern Gothic is usually related to a dusty home with a front porch wrapped around, a screen door swinging on creaky hinges and your someone sitting in a rocking chair swatting at flies. The town would be small with a general store that is barely hanging on and the town drunk works there. The sense of place is a strong characteristic in Southern Gothic writing. It sets the feel for the writing and also the character. William Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily is a great example of this style of writing.
In A Rose for Emily, William Faulkner uses Southern Gothic elements to make the reader feel a sense of gloom and apprehension. The author does this to pull together the story and help the reader understand the reason for Emily to be the way she is. Emily is a woman that is not...