Imagery And Symbolism In A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner

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In “A Rose for Emily”, William Faulkner uses imagery and symbolism to both illustrate and strengthen the most prevalent theme; Emily’s resistance to change. William Faulkner seems to reveal this theme through multiple descriptions of Miss Grierson’s actions, appearance, and her home. Throughout the short story it is obvious that Emily has a hard time letting go of her past, she seems to be holding onto every bit of her past. Readers see this shown in several ways, some more obvious than others. William Faulkner uses imagery to represent Miss Grierson’s confrontation to change by vividly describing her appearance. With the description given of Emily, readers might conclude that it symbolizes her inability to change. He describes Emily’s physical appearance stating that her clothes are worn out and deteriorating, as so it seems that her views on life are as well. Her appearance may also symbolize Miss Grierson’s refusal to be modern because she’s constantly living in her past. Some may say this because the first description readers see about her is “…a small, fat woman in black, ...
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