Symbolic References in A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner Essay

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The most common technique that is used throughout the story of “A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner would be symbolism. Emily Grierson, an interesting character who shows to be stubborn when she is requested to do such task that she feels are beyond her capabilities. “When the gentlemen came to her door to collect her taxes Emily said, ‘See Colonel Sartoris, I have no taxes in Jefferson’.” By Miss Emily not lonely being rude but also cold hearted towards others she has made herself separated from the townspeople, “I have no taxes in Jefferson…Tobe! Show these gentlemen out.”(Faulkner 1215) Although Miss Emily is an isolated character from most of the townspeople an exception for her butler Tobe, she is still treated as a high class …show more content…
“What was left of him, rotted beneath what was left of the nightshirt, had become inextricable from the bed in which he lay,” (Faulkner1219) Although Emily and Homer have accompanied each other’s side; Insensitive was an adjective that had been labeled on Homer Barron. An article named “Homer Barron” has done a character analysis on this character and has given such information that, “Even though he isn’t the marrying kind – he’s not the kind of man she think he is.” Homer did not have the same feeling that Miss Emily has had towards Homer Barron; he only wanted to live his own life.”Homer himself had remarked – he liked men, and it was known that he drank with the younger men in the Elks’ Club- that he was not the marring man.” (Faulkner1218) Miss Emily and Homer was the topic that all the people in the small community would gossip about, why you can even infer that it was inhuman on how the townspeople judge Emily Grierson. “Of course a Grierson would not think seriously of a Northerner, a day laborer.” (Faulkner1217) Word press editors have even suggested that, “the town itself plays an important role in imposing Miss Emily’s Isolation by failing to recognize her humanity.” The townspeople only saw her as a monument and never recognized her as a human

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