Analysis of the Changing Portraits in "A Rose for Emily"

Qun XIE

Abstract



In his renowned short story, A Rose for Emily, the master artist William Faulkner verbally paints the portraits of a tragic woman, Miss Emily. Throughout this story, Faulkner creates numerous figurative portraits of Emily, and makes her physical appearance change dramatically. The description of Emily’s changing physical appearance in different periods enables the readers to watch how Emily transforms from a slender lady to an old gloomy “bloated” one, and from an obedient, genteel young girl to a murderer and corpse keeper. This paper just aims to unveil Emily’s interior complexity and internal changes through the analysis of her external changes and at the same time attempts to explore the causes for her changes.
Key words: William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily, changing portrait, causes, analysis
Résumé: Dans cette nouvelle renommée, Une Rose pour Emily, la maître artistique William Faulkner décrit verbalement le portrait d’une femme tragique, Mlle Emily, et fait changer son apparence physique dramatiquement. La description de l’apparence changeante d’Emily dans de différentes périodes permet aux lecteurs de voir comment Emily se transforme d’une demoiselle splendide en une vieille figure morne et arrogante, et d’une jeune fille obéissante et gentille en meurtrière et garde des cadavres. L’article présent vise à mettre en lumière la complexité intérieure d’Emily et ses mutations internes à travers l’analyse de ses changements externes et essaie, en même temps, d’explorer les causes de ses transformations.
Mots-Clés: William Faulkner, Une Rose pour Emily, portrait changeant, causes, analyse

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968%2Fj.css.1923669720070302.009

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