Essay on William Faulkner 's A Rose For Emily

800 Words Oct 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
Writers often use imagery to allow the reader more insight into the story by a visual representation in the reader’s mind. It can be used not only to just provide a more visual component to a story, but to aid in the telling of the story by foreshadowing or to mirror characters. In this passage from the short story A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner
“They were admitted by the old Negro into a dim hall from which a stairway mounted into still more shadow. It smelled of dust and disuse-a close, dank smell. The Negro led them into the parlor. It was furnished in heavy, leather covered furniture. When the Negro opened the blinds of one window, they could see that the leather was cracked; and when they sat down, a faint dust rose sluggishly about their thighs, spinning with slow motes in the single sunray.” (Faulkner para.4)
Faulkner uses the imagery to not only provide a visual representation of Emily’s home but to parallel the character of Emily Grierson and to reinforce the symbol of decay, an important theme throughout the story. He parallels her through the look of old furniture, the smells inside of the house and the imagery of light and shadow. Home furnishing trends change frequently enough that is is fairly easy to tell when furniture is dated, as is the case for Miss Emily’s home. Described as heavy, cracked and leather (Faulkner para. 4), it is like that its in the style of American Revival which was popular from 1840-1876 (Peck 2004) if one assumes that the…

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