A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner Essay

1144 Words Dec 14th, 2016 5 Pages
Every culture and society experiences change over time: it 's inevitable. The period shortly after the Civil War is no exception. William Faulkner wrote "A Rose for Emily" 66 years after the end of the Civil War, and he wrote it as a parallel to the social commentary during the period after the war. His short story encompasses a complex array of literary devices that we can use to analyze his attitude towards this period of change, and ultimately glean insight to a time forgotten, and we can explore the difficulty of maintaining traditional values in such a time of change. In "A Rose for Emily", Faulkner uses symbolism and subtle literary hints to create a puzzle that represents societies ' resistance to change and a desire to uphold a positive image. The reader is introduced to a prominent symbol at the very beginning: Miss Emily 's house. The narrator describes it as a "big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies, set on what had once been our most select street" (803). The language used brings to light several details. The narrator uses past tense language such as "once been" on two occasions, indicating Miss Emily 's house is no longer in good standing. As the house was build in the 1870 's by her father, we can conclude that her father did quite well after the Civil War, well enough to build a grand house in the most exclusive area of the town. As time went…

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