Shiloh, A, and A Rose for Emily

Comparative essay of each of the main characters in the stories “Shiloh”, “A&P”, and “A Rose for Emily”. Looks at how the characters confront their freedoms and their limitations.

Norma Jean confronts her mother directly as the story develops. Sammy in A&P confronts his limits as a young man. A Rose For Emily, is a tale of achieved freedom, but at a cost much different than that of Sammy or of Norma Jean. The stories build up to a gruesome revelation after Miss Emily’s funeral.