FIRST RESPONSE: How might this story be rewritten as a piece of formula fiction? Now that Emily's was clear of her father's "horsewhip" she was able to explore her sexuality .
This newfound freedom led her to fancy a Yankee day laborer named Homer Barron. Mr. Barron was a man that every women dreams of meeting to marry. He was tall and dark and he had the most beautiful eyes. He was perfect gentlemen that did everything for Mrs. Emily. She was so in love that they decided to marry. After a year of marriage they decided to have a family. The same year the couple had twin boys. The boys love to go fishing with their dad and many times the kids of the town people join them. Homer even decided to run for mayor and won. Every weeek-end the couple had parties and everyone came over. The house was never remodeled it was like a museum and everyone enjoyed visiting. The couple lived happily ever after.
2. What is the effect of the final paragraph of the story? How does it contribute to your understanding of Emily? Why is it important that we get this information last rather than beginning of the story? The final paragraph contributed to the understanding of Emily by describing to the reader before the last paragraph that Emily that Emily had indeed killed her love and had kept him intact and keep the reader where was Emily's body that laid beside her for the last moments of her life.
3. What details foreshadow the conclusion of the story? Did you anticipate the endings? I saw some foreshadowing of death when she went to buy the arsenic. This hinted that somebody was going to die but we did not know who. I thought, just as the others thought, that she would kill herself but it ended up that she killed Homer Barron and she died of natural causes at the age of seventy-four.
4. Faulkner uses a number of gothic elements in this plot: the imposing decrepit house, the decayed corpse, and the mysterious secret horrors connected with Emily's life.