A Rose for Emily - Symbolism - IIA2


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A Rose for Emily - Symbolism - IIA2

  1. 1. Vanessa FungGénesis Dopico
  2. 2. The title: Faulkner choiced Tobe: in some stories “negro” is sometime the title as an allegorical title, represents death. In the story “A rose for the mean was, here was a Emily” the color black is symbolic for woman who has had a death, as well as depression and gloom. tragedy and nothing could be Death is very prevalent in this story; the done about it so that this death of Emily’s father, the death or story has the name “A rose Homer and herself in the end. for Emily”.Homer Barron: homer representsa Yankee attitude toward the Miss Emily Griersons: Emily representsGriersons and also toward the the Old South. Her stubbornness andentire South. The South is known unrelenting attitude are very strongfor being traditional and the characteristics of the Southern heritage.North is known for being very Emily is considered a monument of theadaptable to changes. Homer Southern manners and an ideal of pastwas from the North and also values. The Old South generations wererepresented “the next deteriorating very rapidly by changinggenerations with his modern traditions. When Miss Emily died, herideas”. and her house become symbols of the dying.
  3. 3. Emily’s HouseEmily’s house, like Emily herself, is a monument, the only remaining emblem of a dyingworld of Southern aristocracy. The outside of the large , square frame house is lavishlydecorated. The cupolas, spires and scrolled balconies are the hallmarks of a decadentstyle of architecture that became popular in the 1870s. By the time the story takes place,much has changed. The street and the neighborhood, at one time affluent, pristine andprivileged, have lost their standing as the realm of the elite. The house is in some ways anextension of Emily: it bares its “stubborn and coquettish decay” to the town’s residents. Itis a testament to the endurance and preservation of tradition but now seems out of placeamong the cotton wagons, gasoline pumps and other industrial trapping that surround it-just as the South’s old values are out of place in a changing society.Emily’s house also represents alienation, mental illness and death. It is a shrine to theliving past and the sealed upstairs bedroom is her macabre trophy room where shepreserves the man she would not allow to leave her. As when the group of mensprinkled lime along the foundation to counteract the stench of rotting flesh, thetownspeople skull along the edges of Emily’s life and property. The house, like itsowner, is an object of fascination for them. They project their own lurid fantasies andinterpretations onto the crumbling edifice and mysterious figure inside. Emily’s death isa chance for them to gain access to this forbidden realm and confirm their wildestnotions and most sensationalistic suppositions about what had occurred on the inside.
  4. 4. The strand of hair:The strand of hair is a reminder of love Taxes: it is a symbol of the death of herlost and the often perverse things people father. It is also a symbol of thedo in their pursuit of happiness. The financial decline the pound man muststrand of hair also reveals the inner life have experienced. Taxes could be alsoof a woman who, despite her a symbol of the continued control overeccentricities, was committed to living Emily from the grave.life on her own terms and not submittingher behavior, no matter how shocking to The lime: it is a symbol of the fruitlessthe approval of others. Emily subscribes attempt to hide somethingto her own moral code and occupies a embarrassing or creepy. It is also aworld of her own invention, where even symbol of the way of the town in thatmurder is permissible. The narrator generation.foreshadows the discovery of the long The arsenic: it is a symbol of getting rid ofstrand of hair on the pillow when he something that smell. Remember when thedescribes the physical transformation druggist wrote in Emily’s packet of arsenicthat Emily undergoes as she ages. Her “for rat”; probably Homer was not a nicehair grows more and more grizzled until guy and if he’s planning to break theit becomes a “vigorous iron-gray”. The promise to marry her, she, in the Southstrand of hair ultimately stands as the tradition, would must probably consideredlast vestige of a life left to languish and him a rat so that she killed him.decay, much like the body of Emily’sformer lover.