Rose For Emily Symbolism

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William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” was originally published in the April 30th, 1930. It’s quite possibly his most famous, most popular, and most intriguing short story. An unnamed narrator describes the strange circumstances of Miss Emily’s life and her strange relationships with her father, her lover Homer, and the horrible mystery she conceals within the once beautiful but now run down estate she lives in. It’s the south, Mississippi to be exact, and they’ve recently lost the Civil War and soon they are about to struggle with up keeping their southern tradition. Miss Emily who can be considered a classic outsider, transforms from a highly sought after young lady to a grimly secretive old woman. There are many causes that led her to turn out this way. Faulkner uses symbolism as a way to show the read what happened throughout the story.

Jefferson, Miss Emily and the House.

Symbolism appears early on it the story. Jefferson is at a crossroad of embracing a modern, more future like generation while still wanting preserve the southern traditions. In the beginning of the story the house that’s described is portrayed as symbols of old tradition in the south trying to survive. The fact that the house was built in the 1870s tells us that Miss Emily's father must have been doing pretty well for himself after the Civil War. The narrator's description of it as an "eyesore among eyesores"CITE. The house was once described as once a beautiful estate in the nicest neighborhood in town, now its run down, smelly and uninviting. The house is also a huge symbol of the isolation Miss Emily experiences.
Emily herself is a tradition, staying the same over the years despite many changes in her community. As a living monument to the past,...

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...body. This is a signal to the reader that time for Miss Emily is a mysterious invisible force. With each tick of the clock, her chance for happiness dwindles down.
Another symbol of time is Emily's hair. The town tells time first by Emily's hair color, and then when she disappears into her house after her hair has turned "an iron-gray shade". When Emily no longer leaves the house, the town uses Emily’s servant, Tobe, hair to tell time, witch turns gray as well. The strand of Emily's hair found on the pillow next to Homer, is a time-teller too. The narrator tells us that Homer's entire body has been there long enough to decay. Decades have passed since Miss Emily was young; the times have changed, as has the town, and the once proud South has undergone a complete decline. Generations have come and gone, and the only thing that hasn't changed is Miss Emily.
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