Symbolism Of A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner Essay

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E. Sharice Fair

Mr. Chase

English Comp. 2 2/24/15 Symbolism on “A Rose for Emily”
The short story by William Faulkner tells how Miss Emily grew up as a very shelter girl from a well known family of her town. Never could anyone image that her upbringing that her father decided for her would have so much effect on her adult life. She faces the falling of the South alone with adversity. Faulkner has several instances of symbolism with the house, dust as well as her aging symbolizing cultural decay, death, and fierce independence.
The short story function as a parable concerning the South as it was experienced by Faulkner. It shows the South rotting. He argues the South comes out as a moribund society, which sustains itself with injustice, cruelty and illusions (Binder 5). Still it is some attempt to defend itself from the revelation that was occurring, change that is. Which by all means should be accepted. It reveals a culture that was rooted with valves that wasn’t agreed upon toward the new generation of the town. The South was dying, and Miss Emily was witnessing it first hand. This fictional town in Mississippi was being run by a more modern group that is more acceptable to change. This leaving Miss Emily in some trouble with the new mayor about her taxes. “Colonel Sartoris, invented an involved tale to the effect that Miss Emily’s father had loaned money to the town, which the town, as a matter of business, preferred this way of repaying” (Faulkner 516). The…

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