Document Type : Primary Research paper
Department of English, St. Berchmans College, Changanacherry, Kerala, India
The paper entitled, “Southern Gothic Genre as a Key to Unlock the Post Civil War American South: A Reading of William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily”” attempts to showcase the way in which the story represents the Post Civil War America and explores the psyche of the society as well as its people. As a Southern Gothic short story, it is much different from the Gothic genre and deals with more intense themes than the obvious element of horror.The paper is divided into three sections. The first section deals with the historical background of America, particularly the Civil War which had a lasting impact on the American society. It also differentiates the Southern Gothic genre from its parent Gothic genre. The second section discusses Faulkner’s story “A Rose for Emily”; the development of the characters as well as the twisted narrative style. The final section attempts a detailed analysis on how the story, as a Southern Gothic one, represents the Post Civil War American South.