A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner Essay

1146 Words Mar 31st, 2016 5 Pages
In A Rose for Emily, Faulkner uses color to describe Emily Grierson’s emotional state transitioning from innocence to insanity. Typically in stories, colors provide the current visuals that characters see while helping readers to obtain a better mental image of the scene. Faulkner, however, not only uses colors to help paint a better mental image for his reader, but to also highlight the limitless meaning that colors can embody such as setting the tone and mood. He does not tell Emily’s story in chronological order, in order to draw emphasis on the depth of her character. In these times, Faulkner states colors to represent the duality meanings in Emily experiences. Even though she was happy, time eventually ran out and caused her despair. He uses colors describe the duality between her happiness and her descent to insanity. Even though something may seem the side, there is always another perspective that can be seen.

Faulkner introduces Emily’s innocence through the color of the house in a flashback, describing it as a “big, squarish frame house that had once been white.” White symbolizes Emily’s purity, innocence, and inexperience. She never had married even when she was thirty years old. Even when she was very old she still never gave up her maidenhood. Describing her house as white symbolizes the purity of her home and that her beginnings were uncorrupted. She was never forced to work, because her father protected her from everything from paying off all her taxes to…

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