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William Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily”

William Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily” A summary-response essay is a rather straightforward application of reader-response theory, in which the writer offers his or her take, or response, on a chosen text. The function of such an assignment is to focus on how the writer uses his or her own background, ideas, philosophy, contexts, etc., to interpret or better understand a text; the essay itself is the presentation of those interpretations. In doing so, be sure to consider the reader-response theory concepts of gaps, the “things that a text doesn’t tell us, that we need to fill in and work out for ourselves” using our own ideas and experiences; and processes, the ways that our interpretation and understanding of a text evolves as the text unfolds and we get more information (1276).]]>

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