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Symbolic References in A Rose for Emily

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Symbolism was used mainly to hide the true reality of what was going inside Emily’s house. Throughout the entire story the author used a variety of things to hide the horrible things that Emily did. If the author didn’t use this as a method to make the reader think and use their mind to figure out the true mystery. The title secretly shows a sort of symbolism to begin with. The “rose” in the title represents love. According to the story Homer Barron was the “rose” or the symbol of the rose, Emily’s love. When her father kept her away say that she was too good for any guy she had no idea how bad it was going to impact her life. This is why she had no idea how to communicate with another male. So when Homer Barron came along she had these very strong feeling overcome her and killed him. Although she killed him, she left him by her side and let his body rot over time on her bedside. This sickness or (necrophilia) that she had, was noted when her father first died.

Emily the main character of “A Rose for Emily” has a mental illness named necrophilia, which in fact doesn’t allow her to see the reality of her father’s death. Due to her father’s decisions he stopped her from meeting any guys. Therefore when she met Homer Barron she loved him so much she decided to kill him to keep him b y her side and to cherish his body as she cherished her fathers. She kept his body lying on her bed. The reason this is brought up is because it states in the story when she died they entered her home and found a barricaded door. When they opened it, Homer Barron’s body was laying on the bed and on the pillow next to him a stand of gray hair.
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Emily was considered a monument. “Emily’s house, like Emily, is a monument”. Emily was known as...

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...her.” I’m guessing when her father died she was lacking the reality that without her father she had no way of paying.

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