Themes Tradition versus Change Through the mysterious figure of Emily Grierson, Faulkner conveys the struggle that comes from trying to maintain tradition in the face of widespread, radical change. Jefferson is at a crossroads, embracing a modern, more commercial future while still perched on the edge of the past, from the faded glory of the Grierson home to the town cemetery where anonymous Civil War soldiers have been laid to rest. Emily herself is a tradition, steadfastly staying the same over the years despite many changes in her community. She is in many ways a mixed blessing.
Told by LaDoris Davis. It was so quiet, peaceful and simple — not complicated and noisy, like New Orleans. When Joshua moved in with his Grandpa, he immediately started helping him out with the daily farm chores.
These chores included helping out in the fields and taking the produce into town Saturday morning. On that day, farm folk would load up their mule-drawn wagons and travel for miles through flat, sun-scorched farmland toward the nearest town. One hot Saturday morning, Joshua brought some peas, tomatoes and a little okra to sell in town.
He then saw a shady spot under a cluster of magnolia trees that he thought he remembered passing on the way in to town. He stopped, sat under the trees and had a drink out of his water jug. The sun was setting by the time Joshua finally returned to the farm.
As darkness fell and the night took on a chill, he could barely see the road in front of him in the dim lantern light. The strange, unearthly sounds of insects and wild animals seemed to surround him.
At one point, a creature darted across the road in front of the wagon, and Joshua thought he could see its red, catlike eyes flashing angrily at him.
Although Joshua came from the wild streets of New Orleans, he found himself getting a little scared out here all alone. Finally, Joshua spotted a familiar landmark — the cluster of magnolia trees that he had stopped by earlier in the day.
Suddenly, as he came by the trees holding up the lantern, he swore he saw a shadowy figure jump down from one of the branches!
Joshua nearly jumped out of his seat before regaining his wits and pulling the mule to a halt. To his surprise, he could see that it was a young girl, walking toward his wagon. Let me take you home.
Joshua looked over at the young girl sitting beside him. She looked kind of pale, but she was still beautiful, with dark hair pulled back in a ponytail with a pretty bow. What a nice girl this would be to marry, he thought to himself. Joshua smiled to himself, so proud that a pretty girl like Rose was riding with him.
He held up the lantern and saw a big gate covered with wild roses. Rose hopped off and hurriedly walked toward the gate. The young girl had vanished into the darkness.
As he walked up to the screen door of the farmhouse, he could see Obediah standing there waiting for him — a tall, graying, cantankerous-looking man. Why, all you gotta do is follow the flight of the red bird.
She was a real pretty girl, yessir. Kinda sassy, but pretty. Had long black hair, always pulled back in a ponytail with a pretty bow. She was one of the prettiest girls in the area from what I remember. One Saturday evening, her parents called out for her to come home and do her chores. So Rose was all alone in that house.
And before you know it, there came a lightning storm, and it struck a pine tree right next to the house. Set that house on fire, it did, and burned that girl up inside. Her folks never did find her body. After a sleepless night, he had talked himself into going back to the Simmons place and seeing it for himself.A Rose for Emily: Why Ms.
Emily did not kill Homer Barron Ms. Emily Grierson, a well know figure in her community has a lot of controversy surrounding her.
Known for being reserved and quiet, Ms. Emily is considered to be the local crazy person. This was a terrific book. A real page turner. I was hooked the minute I started reading it.
As the blurb says, Rose was standing in front of Emily with a baby in a carriage and let her go first to cross the street and in that split second someone runs Rose down, killing her but the baby is left unharmed. Emily Joy is also available for spoken word poetry performances, speaking, and workshops.
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