The slow-moving, old-fashioned, chivalric south has become the setting of the story. Miss Emily’s house is one dating back to the 1870s, and it is designed with “cupolas ad squires and scrolled balconies." The house rests on town’s “most select street”. Miss Emily surrounding house was taken over by garages and cotton gins. The rest of the town became more of a working class area than it once was. Emily’s house
William Faulkner's, "A Rose for Emily," is a short story that is narrated by an anonymous character to be considered as the voice of the home town and tells the story out of order. The story is based on the life of Emily Grierson and how it connects with the South after the Civil War. There are many parts in the story that show symbolism in varieties of ways. Some of these symbols include Emily's house, her hair, her clothing, and even the "rose" that is brought in the story. Symbolism is shown throughout many different ways through all forms of literature. It is mainly shown through the main theme as well as the smaller themes that are throughout the story. Symbolism is used to represent ideas or qualities through the use of symbols.
Symbolism is the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. Many things can be used as symbolism such as colors, symbols, and objects. Symbolism is used to give another meaning to a character, word, or object and give a deeper meaning to something. The color black is often symbolized as evil or death, while the color white is categorized as life and innocence. The Christian cross can also symbolize many things such as hope, faith, and forgiveness. Objects may also symbolize things such as a chain; it can mean union but can also mean isolation. These are just a few examples of symbolism there is a manifold of things that can have a dual meaning and you don’t know it.
When one door closes, another door opens. For most people, there is so much truth behind those words; however, in William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily”, Miss Emily appears to be a little divergent from the norm. When a door opens for her-which is a rarity-, it is usually the same one that previously closed. The only threshold crossable in her life lies at the entrance to her house, and it plays a major role in her existence . Her house is controlling her entire life and influencing the people around her, but the going-and-coming of it is out of anyone’s control. As seen through the solitude, the trap-door effect, and the death associated with the house, Miss Emily is not keeping people out of her house, the house is keeping
William Faulkner’s Southern background plays a constituent part of the creation of his story “A Rose for Emily”. With his creative mind Faulkner created a county in Mississippi called Yoknapatawpha. Like the southern town he was born and raised in, Faulkner peopled this story with both African American and Caucasian people of the late 1800’s. Faulkner’s idea of writing this story was to focus on the events causing destruction and suffering in one’s inner and outer situations.
In “A Rose for Emily” Emily's father is overprotective and gives up on the idea of any man being good enough for his daughter, keeping her from finding true love and living her own life. It is a story of loneliness, feelings of being controlled, and depression. Until after her father's death, Emily, left with nothing but their home, that seems to symbolize the old south itself as it "had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies.” Emily refuses to accept the fact of her father's passing. Soon enough, Emily meets Homer Barron, a man holding a temporary contract to work in the town. Several town members notice the time Emily and Homer spend together and assume they will marry with no hesitation. As time goes by, nobody has seen Ho...
Many small town people know about other people 's business. Like for example if a person got into trouble with the law in the small town. Everyone in the whole town will know about it. In the story, "A Rose For Emily"and by William Faulkner; the townspeople is tell a story about Emily Grierson how her father died, about the fact that, she had an affair with a man named Homer Baron, and how she died bodies in her home. In the story William Faulkner puts his story into many sections, because the person who is telling the story is going by memory so basically going to a flashbacks moves in and out the story. In Faulkner 's short story "A Rose For Emily", there is many examples of symbolism and the effect that Emily has in this short story is when
“A Rose for Emily” is a short story written by William Cuthbert Faulkner. “A Rose for Emily” takes place after the civil war era, around the same time Faulkner wrote it. Faulkner wrote the story during this time period because he grew up listening to civil war stories told by his elders, mainly his grandfather. These stories his grandfather told him inspired him to write “A Rose for Emily.” The story was written about a woman whom he never married. Faulkner did marry, but it was later in his life because he had to wait ten years for the love his of life to return to him. His wife divorced her first husband ten years after Faulkner proposed to her. She was not allowed to marry him at first because her family did not approve of his social
William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” illustrates the struggle that comes from trying to maintain tradition in a world that is always expanding and changing its views on everything (SparkNotes Editors). The city of Jefferson, the setting, is at a crossroads of moving towards a modern future much different from the archaic views from before the Civil War. Emily’s house is the last relic of the dying world of Southern aristocracy. She and her home are still lingering in the past and unwilling to change with the community it is in. Through flashback, symbolism, and allusion, Faulkner is able to show Emily as she relates to the theme of this short story. During the period of publication, this short story could relate to those still struggling with trying to live post Civil War and go along with the change in times unlike Emily.
Faulkner’s "A Rose For Emily" is told by a resident of Jefferson, Mississippi, a town in which the Grierson family is the closest thing to true aristocracy. To the outside world it might have appeared that Miss Emily Grierson grew up wealthy and happy, however it was a lonely life for her father ruled Emily with an iron fist, turning away every suitor. No man was good enough for his daughter. The first thing Emily did after her father’s death was find a boyfriend named Homer Barron. She went out driving with Homer, and bought him expensive and personal things like a silver toilet seat and a nightshirt. The towns people assumed she had secretly gotten married because with her father dead, a big social wedding would be in bad taste.
“Alive, Miss Emily had been a tradition, a duty, and a care; a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town, dating from that day in 1894 when Colonel Sartoris, the mayor—he who fathered the edict that no Negro woman should appear on the streets without an apron—remitted her taxes, the dispensation dating from the death of her father on into perpetuity.”(144). He then discloses that Emily has a sweetheart after the death of her father, but he has yet to be introduced to the reader, which creates more suspense for creating curiosity as to who this man is and could he be the reason for Emily’s seclusion. “That was two years after her father’s death and a short time after her sweetheart—the one we believed would marry her—had deserted her.” (145). Throughout this story Faulkner jumps from previous events to the present time closer to Emily Griersons death without full detail which is saved for the end to keep the reader
The story didn’t explain why she needed the arsenic (arsenic poison is used to kill rats), but it soon became clear. Remembering the beginning of the story when the men came to her about her taxes, the story said, “She vanquished them… just as she had vanquished their fathers thirty years before about the smell.” The smell came about shortly after her old boyfriend “abandoned” her. The townspeople eliminated that smell with lime. Then at the end, when Miss Emily died, they found Homer Barron’s body in one of the bedrooms. At the beginning, none of it made sense, and then it hit me like a wrecking ball. The ex-lover is Homer Barron. The arsenic was used to kill Homer Barron whom Miss Emily must’ve thought was a “rat” for leaving her, and the townspeople helped dispose of the smell with the lime.