In the short story ¡ §A Rose for Emily, ¡ (1930) William Faulkner presents Miss Emily ¡ ¦s instable state of mind through a missed sequence of events. Faulkner arranges the story in fractured time and then introduces characters who contribute to the development of Miss Emily ¡ ¦s personality. The theme of isolation is also presented by Faulkner ¡ ¦s descriptive words and symbolic images.
Faulkner uses anachronism to illustrate Miss Emily ¡ ¦s confused mind. The story is split into five sections. The first section begins with Miss Emily ¡ ¦s funeral and moves on to her past. Faulkner first recaptures the dispensation of Miss Emily ¡ ¦s taxes in 1894, he continues by illustrating Miss Emily ¡ ¦s nature no to accepts new concepts. When the ¡ §next generation, with its more modern ideas ¡ comes along, Miss Emily refuses to accept them (1009). Miss Emily ¡ ¦s mixed feeling about the past is reflected in the structure of the story. Unlike most stories, the narrator does not continue the plot with the next chronological event rather presents one that happened two years earlier. This switch once again mirrors Miss Emily ¡ ¦s unclear state of mind. The story ¡ ¦s disjointed time frame not only reflects a puzzled memory but it also suggests Miss Emily ¡ ¦s unwillingness to move along with time. While the reader reads through time and expects the story to be in sequence, Faulkner deliberately switches the time back and forth to emphasize Miss Emily ¡ ¦s desire to stay in past.
After the author introduces the character of Miss Emily, he goes back even further into the past to explain why Miss Emily possesses her unique personality. He also contributes to the development of Miss Emily ¡ ¦s personality through the introduction of her father, Homer Barron, and Miss Emily ¡ ¦s great aunt who all influence her maturity and experience of life. The primary figure in Miss Emily ¡ ¦s life is her father.