“A Rose For Emily consists of multiple themes such as isolation, compassion and forgiveness, versions of reality, and memory of the past. The story and characters assuage to build these themes; hooking the reader to the story. Faulkner's “A Rose For Emily” includes multiple symbolism that builds the main theme of not being able to grow up. The first symbol is Emily's house which Faulkner describes as, “It was a big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies, set on what had once been our most select street. But garages and cotton gins had encroached and obliterated even the august names of that neighborhood; only Miss Emily's house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps-an eyesore among eyesores”(Faulk... ... middle of paper ... ...hielded since youth from the real world, grew up in a world of her own making.
After the C... ... middle of paper ... ...nd coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps- an eyesore among eyesore” (Faulkner 998). Not only is Emily a monument but her house is a monument of the old south as well. Another aspect of decay is the aging of the town. Miss Emily and her family’s were once well-respected citizens in the town of Jefferson. Now as the town starts to become northernized, the townspeople start to change their views of her.
“A Rose for Emily” 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.
Faulkner has carefully crafted a multi-layered masterpiece, and he uses setting, characterization, and theme to move it along. Miss Emily's house as the setting of the story is a perfect metaphor for the events occurring during that time period. It portrays the decay of Miss Emily's life and values and of the southern way of life and their clash with the newer generations. The house is situated in what was once a prominent neighborhood that has now deteriorated. Miss Emily's "big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies of an earlier time," now looked awkward surrounded by "cotton wagons" and "gasoline pumps."
“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner is a southern gothic story first published in 1930. The story of Emily Grierson’s life parallels the struggle the South faced when breaking away from its antebellum past into modernity. The story is narrated collectively by the citizens of Jefferson—a seemingly average small southern town. The narrator tells the story of Emily Grierson—the town reclusive eccentric who died before accepting the changes brought forth from the post-civil war south. Emily Grierson is seen as a hereditary obligation by the town’s citizens.
The house represents the destruction of the primitive Southern families and aristocracy that surrounded the neighborhood. The author describes the house as “a big, squarish frame…decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies” (Faulkner 668). Contrary to the time period the house was built, the setting of the story takes place much later than the 1870s when everything in the neighborhood has changed. The neighborhood which was once considered “[the] most select street” had “garages and cotton gins [encroach] and [obliterate] the neighborhood” (Faulkner 668). Nonetheless, the reader is able to conclude based on the house’s exterior appearance that it also represents mental illness and death.
Faulker begins his tale at the end: after learning of Miss Emily's death, we catch a glimpse of her dwelling, itself a reflection of its late owner. The house lifts "its stubborn and coquettish decay" above new traditions just as its spinster is seen to do, "an eyesore among eyesores" (Faulkner, 666). The narrative voice suggests the gossipy nature of a Southern town where everyone knows everyone else, and nosy neighbors speculate about the affairs of Miss Emily, noting her often antiquated ways and her early retirement. In fact, it appears as if the town itself is describing the events of Miss Emily's life, the first-person plural "we" a telling indication. The first explicit example of this occurrence takes place during the flashback in the second section, when, in speaking of her sweetheart, the narrator parenthetically adds "the one we believed would marry her" (667).
Edgar’s life experiences with love reflected upon Poe’s writing and fascination with death made Poe’s work all the better. Substance abuse, the denial of death, and self-destruction is what made Poe the die but also influenced most of Poe’s writing. Work Cited The Biography of Edgar Allan Poe. "The Biography of Edgar Allan Poe." poemhunter.com.
Instead, the past, present, and future scenes are blurred together. A portrayal of these characteristics can be found in William Faulkner’s short story, “A Rose for Emily.” The main character, Emily Grierson, becomes a prisoner in her own home and the author of her own demise after the tragic death of her lover. Scholarly, literary critics have written fascinating reports on Faulkner’s famous short story. Particularly Claudia Clausius, who analyzes the meaning in “A Rose for Emily”, Aubry Binder who explored the imagery used by Faulkner, and Paul Harris and Ray B. West who discussed the parallel between Miss Emily and the house she lives in.
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