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Active reading for "A Rose for Emily"

I describe how the process of active reading furthered my understanding or appreciation of "A Rose for Emily." Quotes are added to validate.

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Since there are many forms of active reading and I am not in your actual class, I offer a general set of my notes for this story to guide you.

First, you might examine how you used predicting skills throughout the story. You might first start with the title and how the "rose" made you infer that it might be a story about love, romance, or passion. You might talk about other inferences that you received from previewing the text. The first paragraph's indication of her death and the effects on the other citizens made me infer that she was a figure of mystery with "When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which no one save an old man-servant?a combined gardener and cook?had seen in at least ten years".

I then made some inferences about perhaps she had a mental or social disorder since it seemed like she was a recluse. Please talk about how ...

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Notes for "A Rose for Emily" are included.