A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner Essay

771 Words Mar 13th, 2016 4 Pages
Many times things that are important to us can represent us. We can find value in objects that are important to us because we can describe the object with characteristics similar to ourselves. Finding meaning in objects throughout stories and connecting them to characters is one form of symbolism. In the William Faulkner’s short story “A Rose for Emily,” the house means a lot to Emily and can therefore symbolize some of her most noteworthy characteristics. The house in William Faulkner’s short story, “A Rose for Emily,” represents the loneliness and mess in Emily’s life and she shows us that we can find happiness without change. The house in “A Rose for Emily” symbolizes the loneliness of Emily, and she is proof that we can find happiness even in our loneliness. Emily has recently lost her father and the house on a lonely street is all that she has left. Faulkner writes, “Only Miss Emily’s house was left” (134). The house was the only thing left meaningful in the neighborhood, which represents Emily’s loneliness. Emily no longer has anyone important in her life, just as the house is the last thing important in the neighborhood. Many times when we are in situations like Emily, alone and a mess, we also find ways to cope so we don’t need to change. Emily finds ways to cope with her father’s death by reliving the memories in her house and leaving the house exactly the way it was. A lot of us are also scared of change, which is why we can understand why Emily wants things to…

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