Structural Analysis of ‘Rose for Emily’: A Short Story by William Faulkner

Irma Diani


Structural analysis of Rose for Emily is exploring the plot, setting, characters, and conflict of that story. The aim of this study is exploring structure of Short Story ‘Rose for Emily is written by William Faulkner’ in 1930. Method of this study is descriptive qualitative method. Data were collected by reading that short story. The data were analyzed structurally on theme, character, plot, conflict and setting. The result of this study showed that theme of this story is about death and resistant to the change of her life. Characters of this story are Emily Grierson was mysterious woman, cloistered and secretive woman. Mr. Grierson was Emily’s father. He was solitude man. Homer Baron was Emily’s boyfriend. He was kind person and humorous. Judge Steven was good person. Colonel Sartoris was good person. Tobe was a loyal person. Tobe connects Emily to Outside world. The Plot of this story consists of 5 sections, namely, 1. Emily’s father dies, 2. Emily tries to keep his body and says he is not dead, 3. Emily meets Homer Baron and they date, 4. Emily buy poison and Emily’s house smell horribly, 5. Emily dies. Conflict in this story is people vs. self-conflict, disagreement or problem between characters in a story. Setting of this story is Town of Jefferson, Mississippi.

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