Essay on Symbolism : A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner

1152 Words Nov 26th, 2015 null Page
Symbolism “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, “A&P” by John Updike, and “Miss Brill” by Katherine Mansfield all display symbolism. Authors often use symbolism to add depth and communicate a deeper idea because they want their readers to think about what the symbol presented represents. Symbols are used when representing things such as objects and even people, having an abundance of meanings, the symbol can be clear and easy to understand while sometimes it may have to be explained. In addition, in all three stories the authors give examples and comparisons of symbolism between the objects and the characters. The girls represent a symbolic change for Sammy, the fur represents Miss Brill’s emotional state, and the rose represents the memory of Homer. In the short story “A Rose for Emily”, the symbol being used is within the title itself which is a rose. This rose represents a multiplicity of things including Homer Barron who is Emily’s lover. According to Faulkner he mentions how the rose represents the color of objects in a room saying, “Upon the valance curtains of faded rose color, upon the rose shaded lights" (Faulkner 125). When thinking of a rose, individuals may possibly think about love, affection, beauty and intimacy. Usually the title provides readers with a central idea on what the story may be about, but after reading the text the audience can interpret that there’s never a rose present in the short story. When this happens, readers may…

Related Documents