A Rose for Emily
A Rose forEmily
A Rose forEmily
Symbolism in"" has frequently been used in the wholestory. Faulkner has used symbolism to provide deep insight to hisstory. First, the decaying house represents Emily`s emotional as wellas well as emotional decay. There is constant neglect thatillustrates the representation between Emily and her house. Forinstance, the house is described as both unrelenting and stubbornwhich is the same way that the writer portrays Emily in differentoccasions. In one instance, Emily displays her stubbornness by notallowing the “new guard” stick the metal numbers above the doorto facilitate mail delivery all over town (Faulkner, 2000). In othercases, Emily proves stubborn when she refuses to pay her taxes andwhen she refuses to believe that her father was dead.
Emily is alsoa symbol representing the “Old South” since her southern heritageare exhibited by her actions. The southern heritage is manifested inher stubborn and unrelenting attitude. Emily refused to accept thechanges in time despite there being signs of a new society cominginto existence. Additionally, Emily represents the southern heritagethrough her repetitive and strict ways. Faulkner tells the storyabout the changes in the South shortly after the Civil War (Faulkner,2000). As such, he uses Emily to represent a "monument" ofthe ideal past values of the south. Since Emily refuses to accept thechanges, she serves as a perfect symbol of a totally different erathan that which is in the town she lives. The use of symbolism hashelped fulfill the biggest role in revealing the underlying meaningof Faulkner’s story.
Faulkner, W.,& Polk, N. (2000). Arose for Emily.Harcourt College Publishers.
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