Language Exposure Through Reading

One of the many ways to learn a new language is to be exposed as much as possible, for example, through reading. You will find on odyssey-lang.com a few reviews and reflections concerning different literary works of contemporary, prestigious writers in the English language, considered to be a part of the so-called literary canon.

Language Exposure Through ReadingOn such case is “A Rose for Emily”, written by William Faulkner, an exciting, thrilling short story. By presenting the facts of the story in the way that William Faulkner does, the reader cannot help but feel that the relation of the story is tainted by judgment and contradictory feelings on the townspeople’s part in regard to Miss Emily, who is subject to constant, public scrutiny much of her adult life, and even after her death.

Much prejudice and speculation are raised by her queer behavior, giving the neighbors more than enough reasons to pity her, hate her or even worship her. She was a sort of a last-standing monument of an earlier epoch in which the town seems to have been inhabited by aristocrats and prominent families, as inferred from the following line: “Alive, Miss Emily had been a tradition, a duty and a care; a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town”. However, the newer generations of ordinary people, who seemed to despise what aristocracy represented, could not help too; perhaps out of a sense of curiosity, perhaps out of a sense of nostalgia for old ways and for those now over, ostentatious years of the town; admire her in some way. This is possibly one of the many explanations as to why she was still treated with deference, despite her refusal to pay taxes.

To conclude, while we do not doubt that the chain of events and eventual corollary related by this collective narrator’s point of view are, to a large extent, veracious, we can, however, allow ourselves to deem all the facts and details, at best, rather questionable.