Rose for Emily (and Euphoric Reading)

This may sound obvious, but I don’t think it is: Rose for Emily is about victory. This is one of those things that allows me to recognize a kindred spirit: the combination of bitterness and euphoria. Now, the townspeople look to Emily as a kind of primal figure, a reputation that Emily, oddly enough, lives up to. But her position is a chance also to *rewrite* the truth, the origin, the primal. Let’s observe that the townspeople consider it a success too, they have gathered around and found what they were looking for: some sort of novelty of primitivism — but this is not all that important and very different from Emily’s victory.

Now, Emily has in fact a great deal in common with the townsfolk, she is also seeking the primitive. Her victory is not really the ‘punch line’ at the end of the book, but rather, has to do with her sustenance or her life. Basically, she wins if she is independent, if she can live independently of the loops of the world she abandons. At the same time, this corresponds to a truth or a discovery: well, truth in two distinct senses: the truth of history and the truth which is *planted there*, the truth of the primality of the subconscious event rather than the material, ie, truth-writing.

The victory, then, also occurs in two senses: the victory that *negates* the subconsciousness so prevalent, and the victorious hunt, the moment of euphoria. It remains simply to ask what this success is, what we referred to in the last post as the ‘Hunt-Wild-Event’ complex.  TBC!!


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