Choose ONE discussion question from the options below and write a short essay (minimum 300 words; maximum 400 words) in response to it. Do not use any outside sources for this essay. Use evidence from the story in the form of quotations, paraphrases, and summaries to support and explain your answer to the discussion question.

  1. Point of View in “A Rose for Emily.” Who is the narrator of the story? How does the narrator know so much about Emily and her family? Why does the narrator use the first person plural “we” instead of the singular “I”?
  2. Plot in “A Rose for Emily.” The protagonist of the story is certainly Emily. Who is the antagonist? Is it Homer? What other characters or forces of society are in conflict with Emily?
  3. Style in “A Rose for Emily.” The conclusion of the story comes as a surprise to the reader. Nevertheless, it is foreshadowed throughout the story. Reread the story carefully and find examples of this foreshadowing. How does the foreshadowing enrich the story?


  1. Minimum 300 words; maximum 400 words. Proofread carefully and avoid major errors that can significantly harm your grade (such as fragments, fused sentences, comma splices, pronoun-antecedent agreement errors, subject-verb agreement errors, wrong word and spelling errors).
  2. Use proper MLA format: Times New Roman size 12, double-spaced, one-inch margins, proper MLA heading, running header with last name and page number. Go to for specific instructions on how to format your paper in MLA 8th edition style.
  3. The title of your short essay should follow this pattern: Plot in “A Rose for Emily”
  4. Include a Work Cited page that provides a works cited entry in correct MLA 8th edition (2016) format for the short story your essay addresses. See step-by-step instructions for creating the Works Cited page below.
  5. Use at least two quotations from the story. When you quote from the story, be sure to provide a signal phrase introducing the quotation, copy the quotation word-for-word, place it inside quotation marks, and follow the quotation with an in-text citation. Notice what the page number is for any quotes or paraphrases you use from the story.
  • Put the author’s last name and page number where the quote appears in the in-text citation:

At first, Emily acts as though her father is not dead: “Miss Emily met them at the door, dressed as usual and with no trace of grief on her face” (Faulkner 12).

  • BUT, if you mention the author’s name in the sentence, do not put it in the in-text citation:

According to Faulkner, at first, Emily acts as though her father is not dead: “Miss Emily met them at the door, dressed as usual and with no trace of grief on her face” (12).

  1. If a quote contains dialogue, use single quotes inside double quotes since the words appear in quotation marks within the story:
    • Emily defies the city authorities when she insists, “‘I have no taxes in Jefferson’” (Faulkner 11).
  2. If you paraphrase information from the story, put the idea thoroughly into your own words and place an in-text citation at the end of the sentence. Example:
  • The judge sends four men on a nighttime mission to spread lime around Miss Emily’s house to try and deal with the terrible smell (Faulkner 11).

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