Emily is never forced to let go and move on by her fellow townspeople. It is through symbolism that Faulkner describes the home Emily traps herself in. And in that home, she commits crimes repeatedly, with the awareness of the town and with no repercussions. The community felt both pity and sympathy for Emily, but these feelings did no good for Emily. She had escaped reality, holding her father’s deceased body captive, ignored required tax payments, and even disregarded the rotten smell coming from the decomposing corpse in her home.
The narrator states, “Now and then we would see her.” He goes on to explain that whether Miss Emily was “look... ... middle of paper ... ...tate when she buys the arsenic to poison Homer Barron, nor is it her state when she refuses to let her father’s dead body be removed from the house. Finally, “perverse” confuses the reader until she reaches the end of the story. At the point where this passage occurs, Miss Emily seems a bit odd and, perhaps, insane, but there is nothing to indicate that she is “perverse.” The narrator already knows of Miss Emily’s “perverse” actions; thus, this serves as further foreshadowing of the townspeople’s discovering Homer’s body and apparent evidence of Miss Emily sleeping with it until her death. While a short passage, this one illustrates the nature of the story itself. The narrator tells the tale in retrospect, thus possessing knowledge that the reader does not.
By the time Emily dies, the home is dark, broken down, and completely out of place in the now modernized town of Jefferson, just like Emily. Discussing symbolism in "A Rose For Emily" seems to come full circle because as the reader concludes the story, it is evident that the "rose" mentioned in the title itself, never comes into play during the story. The "rose" in the title becomes a mystery to the readers, much like Emily is a mystery to the people of Jefferson. The absence of the "rose", even a single time, throughout the story, leaves the reader wondering........if the rose symbolizes love, as it traditionally and historically does, does the absence of it symbolize the fact that Emily never found true love during her lifetime?
The isolation and segregation from society leads to his tragic fall because he is unable to define himself due to his unquestionable past. Therefore, it is clear that William Faulkner uses Joe Christmas as an example to the major effects racism plays on society and human beings. Racism over time always changes, and authors realize this; American and European literature will always reflect upon racism in the time period, which creates a better understanding of racial struggles in society.
At the end of this short story, Miss Emily has passed away, and her house is finally being searched through. Only to the relatives dismay, they find the dusty and decaying body of some poor bloke in a bed in the topmost room. Right away, the second a dead body is mentioned, the mind just recoils. Faulkner did a great job of really building that climax and keeping the reader on the edge. He discusses the duty of a writer and how they can 't forget the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself.
Symbolism in A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner In the short story, "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner, symbolism is used very frequently through out the story. There are several different symbolic subjects in this story such as the house, Miss Emily as a "monument," Homer and the "Yankee" views, and Miss Emily's old Negro servant who represents death in the story. In many different ways, symbolism has a very deep and underlying insight to the story of "A Rose for Emily". Miss Emily is compared to her house in many different ways. Descriptions of the decaying house symbolize Miss Emily's physical and emotional decay, and as well as her mental problems.
Jessica Reed Lewis EH 224 Dr. Jesses 4 April 2014 Decay of Southern Ways “Then we knew that this was to be expected too; as if that quality of her father which had thwarted her woman’s life so many times had been too virulent and too furious to die.”( Faulkner1002). “A Rose for Emily” is perhaps one of William Faulkner’s most famous works. Through his creative abilities he is able to knit together a story full of symbolism, contrast, and moral worth. Faulkner develops a character by the name of Miss Emily Grierson; to not only tell a story of complete scandal, but to illustrate his own views on the south post-Civil War. Faulkner describes the true views of the old south in “A Rose For Emily”, through Miss Emily’s influence of her father and the town, her confused views of love, and the decay of her way of living.
The short story “A Rose for Emily” is a gloomy piece written by William Faulkner. Faulkner successfully uses a reminiscent tone to illustrate how Emily’s popularity or status in societythe legacy of the Grierson family name, kept the town of Jefferson onlookers blinded from the truth that Emily Griersonshe tragically murdered her lover, Homer Barron. This story is a far cry from today’s reality, because the fact is that in today’s society when people’s lives are in the spotlight, as Emily’s is, onlookers like to pry and investigate any suspicious behavior. The The narrator is using’s use of the word “we” whileen giving flashbacks into Emily’s past, which suggests that these flashbacks are recollections from multiple people. It is clear that the narrator is piecing together all the circumstantial evidence collected from the people aroundthat Emily’s home town of Jefferson.
Even though they and Emily went along with this charade, it cannot completely disappear. The truth finally appears after her death, when it is revealed that Homer had been rotting in his wedding bed since the town thought he he had skipped out. It is a strong image when the state of decay is described to the reader and the townspeople realize that a single strand of Emily’s gray hair is proof that she had been sleeping beside him for all of those years. Works Cited Faulkner, William. "A Rose for Emily."
Miss Emily has kept this room closed from others for at least 40 years. When the door finally breaks open, the townspeople are completely shocked in disbelief at the sight right in front of their eyes saying, “For a while we just stood there looking at the profound and fleshless grin” (36). In an advanced state of decay, there lies Homer Baron’s body in bed, and on the chair are his neatly folded suit and two mute shoes – garments and items ready for an upcoming wedding. The onlookers comment that the room is “frozen in time” (37). Next to his corpse is a pillow with an indentation of a head where a strand of Miss Emily’s gray hair is found.