Eng 254 Class #12 Mon, Feb 18
Faulkner, "A Rose For Emily," “Hills Like White Elephants”
“A Rose for Emily”
1. What’s the primary conflict, and who plays the part of protagonist and antagonist?
2. Who is the narrator and what’s his relationship to the story he tells?
3. Although "A Rose for Emily" is narrated in the first person, the narrator claims to represent a communal rather than an individual point of view. What’s implied by the use of “we,” and what’s the point of this unusual point of view?
4. Who is Miss Emily? What’s her life been like?
5. Apart from her black servant, Miss Emily has three men in her life. What similarities are there in her attitude toward them?
6. What is the transition between sections I and II? In what ways are the two episodes parallel? Why does the narrator deliberately rearrange the chronology of the story's events?
7. At the beginning of section IV, the townspeople think Emily will commit suicide, and they think "it would be the best thing." Why? What is the basis of their error regarding her intentions?
8. At the end of the story, it becomes clear Miss Emily has endured some unusual sleeping arrangements for a number of years. Why would she do that?
9. What does the title mean?
“Hills Like White Elephants”
1. What is the primary conflict in this story?
2. Who is the protagonist, and who is the antagonist?
3. What do we know about the man? What does he want, and how do you know?
4. What do we know about the woman? What does she want, and how do you know?
5. What differences in their attitudes and values emerge from the conversation? How accurate is the man's judgment about their future? Does he seriously try to understand her feeling about an abortion? Does she misunderstand his concern? To what extent do they openly express their feelings?
6. From what point of view is the story told? How does this affect the meaning of the story?
7. How does the setting at a Spanish rail crossing affect the meaning of the story?
8. What is a "white elephant"? How does this expression suit the story?
9. She says, "And once they take it away, you never get it back." Who is "they"? What is "it"?
10. Has the quarrel been resolved when the story ends? What kind of resolution does the story offer?