Faulkner’s Gothic Complex in A Rose for Emily

Bei FENG

Abstract


A rose for Emily is regarded as a typical gothic novel by Faulkner, due to its odd plot and ghastly setting. This paper discusses the relationship between this novel and the typical gothic novel from the perspectives of the theme, depiction of characters, setting and construction of the plot, so as to search for Faulkner’s gothic complex. Finally the conclusion is drawn that the application of gothic style into this novel helps to highlight its theme and setting.
Key words: Goth, theme, depiction of characters, setting, construction of plot
Résumé Une Rose pour Emily est considéré comme un roman typiquement gothique par Faulkner, grace à son intrique extraordinaire et le fond horrible. Cet article traite les rapports entre ce roman et le roman typiquement gothique dans les perspectives du thème, de la description des personnages, du fond et de la construction de l’intrigue, de sorte à trouver le complexe gothique de Faulkner. Finalement, on peut en conclure que l’application du style gothique dans ce roman contribue à approfonfir son thème et accentuer son fond.
Mots clés : gothique, le thème, la description des personnages, le fond, la construction de l’intrigue
摘 要 《獻給愛米麗的玫瑰》因其恐怖離奇的故事情節及陰森詭譎的背景氛圍而被譽為福克納的典型的哥特小說之一。本文從故事主題、人物形象塑造、背景及情節構造四方面探討該故事與典型哥特小說的聯繫,找出福克納的哥特情結。由此得出,哥特風格的使用有助於深化故事主題,強化故事的背景與氛圍。
關鍵詞:哥特;主題;人物塑造;背景;情節構造

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968%2Fj.ccc.1923670020050102.012

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