A Rose for Emily: the Characteristic of Miss Emily

Emily’s “Rose” The characteristic of Miss Emily’s house isa symbol for her look as she begins aging and weakening with time and overlook. “It was a huge, squarish frame home that had actually when been white …” Then it ended up being an “eyesore amongst eyesores”. Miss Emily changed the same methods as her house did and she too ended up being an eyesore.

She had actually when been “a slender figure in white” and later she ends up being “puffed up, like a body long immersed in still water with eyes lost in the fatty ridges of her face”.

Throughout Miss Emily’s death she had been referred to as a “fallen monolith”, which could suggest she was as soon as something stunning and prosperous however with time she aged and poor. These same modifications from prosperity to poverty occurred in the South after the Civil War. (Faulkner 521-527) The mail box is another symbol that leadsyou to believe Miss Emily is still residing in her post bellum age when she remained in her prime with her dad. The mail box is Emily’s rejection to move forward, it is a visual representation of the communication she has actually severed, for her time stands still.

She will not permit the town to put a house number on her house for the complimentary postal service. She also informs the tax collectors to speak with Colonel Sartoris (who has been dead for 10 years) to fix her issue that she does not pay taxes. This shows Miss Emily’s, maybe even shows the South’s neglect of time and desire to live in the past. (SparkNotes Editors) The significance for the “rose” which in my opinion is the most interesting symbol throughout the whole story is really the sign for the ending that consists of Emily killing her “sweetheart that went away”.

Homer is Emily’s rose, roses are frequently familiarized with love, seeing that the rose was preserved we can take it to mean that Emily wished to preserve the rose and thus also indicate she would like to preserve her love. The “increased for Emily” was the space where she nicely positioned the body of Homer Barron (her sweetie), or potentially just Homer himself. The space was described as having “rose-shaded lights” and the drapes giving off a “faded increased color”.

Understanding from having a sweetheart, lots of ladies like to dry out their roses in order to keep them forever, perhaps in Emily’s distorted mind she wanted to keep Homer permanently. (SparkNotes Editors) Faulkner uses crafty meaning for the sake of the story itself, and likewise takes it an action even more by utilizing the changes of Emily Grierson as a symbol for the modifications in the post-bellum south. Artistically Faulkner uses the unordered chronology to set the stage of the fallen south, which just wants to keep holding on the past when it reigned. Work Mentioned