In Part V, who returns to hold Miss Emily’s funeral?
There is a room upstairs that no one has seen for forty years. After Miss Emily’s funeral, the door to it is broken down. What do the townspeople find there?
What is noticed about the second pillow on the bed in the last paragraph?
What had happened to Homer Barron?
Part 5: Analysis Questions
When you first read the story, when did you realize how it would end? What is your response to the end?
After you read the ending, did your view of earlier scenes change, such as the parts about about buying poison and the odor? In retrospect, where are there hints about the plot?
What is the conflict in this story? If Miss Emily is the protagonist, who is the antagonist (a character or force that acts against the protagonist, denying his or her desires)?
What people and values does the narrator represent? Does your view of the narrator affect your reception of the story?
In paragraphs 1 and 2, the author speaks of buildings and structures, describing Miss Emily as a fallen monument. Where else do related images occur? If Miss Emily is a fallen monument, what is she a monument to?
What is the significance of sidewalks?
What do you think happened when the Baptist minister called on Miss Emily? Is it important that you think you understand what happened?
Why are we not surprised when Homer disappears? How does the storyteller ensure that we are not surprised?
Why do we need to know about Miss Emily's hair changing color?
Why did they wait until after the funeral to open the closed room? What word in the story informs you about the reasons for this delay? Is the delay consistent with the world of this story?