English 11 Gatsby/Emily Essay 3/4/14
The two works A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald both use obsessive love to convey the eventual ruination of both main characters. A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner is about a woman whose live is riddled by loneliness brought on by her father, who rigorously turned down suitors because none of them were “good enough” for her. This eventually leads to her obsessing over people who she loves. In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a man named Gatsby, obsesses over a woman named Daisy. This is shown by him standing out in his lawn every night, staring at the green light on the edge of her dock. Also, George Wilson kills Gatsby in the end because he believes that Gatsby killed his wife, who George was obsessed with.
A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner is about a mid-1800s woman who lives in the south. She is from a rich family who has a powerful reputation in the town. She tries to find someone to marry her whole life, but her father keeps turning men away. Eventually she becomes obsessed with her father because he is the only person in her life that she has to love. When her father dies and the town comes to collect the body, she denies that he is dead and refuses to give up his body. Then, when she meets Homer Baron, she learns that “He is not the marrying type” (Faulkner) and desperately tries to get him to stay. She eventually becomes so obsessed with him, that she poisons and kills him for fear of him leaving her. The use of the literary element, flashback, was the main structure of the story. Faulkner used flashback to foreshadow various events in the story and to tell about Emily's life story....
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