Change And Decay In Charmaine Mosby's A Rose For Emily

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According to Charmaine Mosby, “A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner, accentuates one of his primary themes: “change and decay.” The reader clearly acknowledges Emily’s denial to change as Faulkner describes how she refused to accept her father’s death. Hence, this foreshadowed why Emily kept Homer Barron’s corpse. Her inability to let go and accept the changing reality forced her “combine life and death in her own person.” Mosby further emphasizes Faulkner’s theme by mentioning that the gray long hair found next to Homer’s corpse symbolized Emily’s interaction between them even after his death. In addition to this theme, Mosby also reveals that another theme: the erosion of the social structure of the 20th century by the industrialized South. Mosby claims that Faulkner emphasized the acceptance of Homer and Emily’s relationship from the Jefferson’s community to enable the reader to realize how the change of views to modern ideals. Mosby’s analysis allows the reader to understand one of the major themes of this story: inability to…show more content…
Getty interprets that the “Rose” could possibly represent Homer as a “relic of the past.” According to her, Homer’s body was similar to “a rose pressed against the pages of a book, since Emily kept his body for many years. The critic believes that Faulkner deliberately manipulated the title to possibly create a tribute to Miss Emily for not recognizing her own bizarre actions. Getty argues that Faulkner chose this title for the story to represent “secrecy” throughout by not revealing Homer’s murder. Although some of the readers might have guessed it, neither the narrator nor the author disclose Emily’s actions. Only after flowers were place on her grave, which represent her passing, the readers comprehend the confidential information that was withheld form them throughout this short
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