It also represented death because of what she did to her husband. The rose represented love and Emily’s secret. It represented Emily’s secret because Homer Barron her husband was death on the house. It represented love because Homer Barron show love for miss Emily. Homer Barron represented death because her wife killed him with some potion that she bought (Arsenic).
In the short story, “A Rose for Emily” William Faulkner utilizes a vast collection of symbols, as a means to enhance the reader’s visual perceptions but also prompts consideration into theories of motive surrounding the murder of Homer Barron. Modeled after the post-civil war era of the American south, Falkner transports the reader to the fictitious town of Jefferson and into the home of Miss Emily Grierson, a mysterious figure and longtime resident of Yoknapatawpha County. While the story begins with the death of Miss Emily, Faulkner invites the reader to step backwards through time where one is acquainted with Emily’s struggle to find a love and happiness in an emerging modern society. Faulkner then returns to Emily’s death, revealing a dark secret found in the shape of the decomposed corpse of Homer Barron, Emily’s one love interest who was thought to have abandoned her many years earlier. Throughout the story, Faulkner ties common objects such as a rose, a house, a watch on a gold chain, rat poison, and even the character Homer himself to other elements of the story.
“A Rose for Emily” William Faulkner takes us back in time with his Gothic short story known as, “A Rose for Emily.” Almost every sentence gives a new piece of evidence to lead the reader to the overall theme of death, isolation, and trying to maintain traditions. The reader can conclude the theme through William Faulkner’s use of literary devices such as his choice of characters, the setting, the diction, the tone, and the plot line. William Faulkner introduces us to a number of characters but the most involved being Emily Grierson, Homer Barron, Tobe, and the ladies of the town; who are not named individually. Emily Grierson was once a beautiful and wealthy upper class young women who lived with her father, who has since died, on the towns,
The room where she placed Homer Barron was described as having "rose-shaded lights" (330) which also can connect to the symbol of... ... middle of paper ... ... occurring in her life. The stubbornness of Emily is then also shown when the narrator describes the house as "stubborn and coquettish" (315). Faulkner uses symbolism to help bring out the main points in the story itself and also uses this symbolism to show how Emily is an allegory for the changes in the South during the time of the Civil War. By using the symbols of the rose meaning love or silence, or the hair meaning that over time things change, or even the house, being set back in the old times of the Civil War, symbolism is shown many ways throughout this short story. William Faulkner wrote "A Rose for Emily," in a way where the reader is able to comprehend and interpret the main points in the story in a different way as to where they will be able to look deeper within the meaning of each part of the story rather than having a dull meaning behind everything.
After he was gone, “She would have to cling to that which robbed her, as people will” (Faulkner 3). This statement was spoken by “we” who also states “We did not say she was crazy then”, which provides insight and foreshadowing towards what is going to happen to certain characters down the road and more importantly the overall plot of the story (Faulkner 3). The “we” is a constant influence throughout the story and provides the reader with inside information about Emily and the Grierson family. With this inside information the reader can predict the deterioration of Emily and ultimately her depreciating mental state throughout key areas of the story. The “we” is constantly interpreted differently, but the real beholder stated by the first criticism is: “a smaller group whose members have personally seen the tableau of daughter and father with upraised whip” (Nebeker 5).
These changes that occurred to Emily in the story also happened to the South after the Civil War: from affluence to impoverished. There are many symbols that show Miss Emily is still living in the days of her prime and is being stubborn and ignorant of the new ways and rules of the town. This is shown when she does not allow for a house number to be put on the house she is living in. Furt... ... middle of paper ... ... is the rose in the title. It starts when a smell develops from within the house of Miss Emily.
Emily represents a place and a culture for the lost world undated to the values of modern civilization, and with her death life begins to take its course, and past is forgotten making room for a new life. Works Cited Faulkner, William. "A Rose for Emily." Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. By X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia.
While ¡§coquettish decay¡¨ and ¡§tarnished gold head¡¨ is used to compare old to new, ¡§noblesse oblique¡¨ is used to reflect Miss Emily¡¦s past. Not only does Faulkner use descriptive words to describe Miss Emily, but he also uses symbolism. Throughout the story, Faulkner uses the description of Miss Emily¡¦s house to refer to Miss Emily herself. Miss Emily¡¦s once normal behavior and deterioration is captured in the house¡¦s old-fashioned look and the decayed look. Faulkner uses all these literary devices to present the themes of mixed memory, old age and isolation.
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.
The mystery surrounding Emily’s character and the story’s memorable imagery creates a haunting tale that lingers with the reader. William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” is a short story told from the point of view of an unnamed narrator and opens with the death of Miss Emily Grierson, an elderly woman that the reader quickly learns that the town views more as a character than an actual human being. Through flashbacks, the mysterious and haunting tale of Emily is revealed. As a child, Emily was the member of an aristocratic family, but has now long been living in relative poverty in the former grand home of her family after her father left her with no money. The product of the Civil War South, Emily never moved past the social customs of her youth, and refused to live according to modern standards.