A Rose For Emily and Other Short Stories

Explain how A Rose For Emily is Southern Gothic.

Please include examples from the text to illustrate your points on how the story exhibits elements of Southern Gothic. 

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Southern gothic fiction is a subgenre of gothic fiction, focusing on the American South. It is similar to gothic fiction. Supernatural or unusual events usually guide the plot. Unlike Gothic fiction, however, instead of there being a monster, the negative or unique characteristics of a monster are portrayed through a southern character, such as a disabled man. Also like gothic fiction, there is most always some notable structure whose decay is central to the story's plot. The character is known as a grotesque, a character set apart from the rest of the world in a negative way who induces both empathy and disgust in his appearance and actions. The character is characterized by his freakishness, and has a negative way of viewing the world. Imprisonment and violence are two major characteristics as well. And the sense of place in this style of writing helps one get a good idea of what old southern towns were like at this time period. Two examples of southern Gothic literature are "The life you save may be your own" and "A Rose for Emily".

"A rose for Emily" takes place in a southern town, and it's falling Victorian house represents the Decay of Miss Emily, like in gothic fiction. Miss Emily is another monstrous character to feel sorry for. Her husbands murder remains a mystery because she remains a mystery, never leaving her home after his death.