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A Rose for Emily

A Rose for Emily


by William Faulkner

Analysis: Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this story?


We want to go with PG-13 on this one, because there is no sex mentioned. However, readers and critics take it all the way to necrophilia, though, in which case you'd have to bump the rating to an R. The necrophilia is a bit of a stretch, but we will concede that there are some dark sexual overtones and undertones to this story. Much of the story hinges on the idea that Emily's father denies her the right to have sexual relationships, and after her father dies, the town serves the same role.

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