Symbolism; The Underlying Message Essay

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Symbolism; The underlying message
Symbolism is something that is used mostly by authors, to help stories develop and add a deeper meaning to their work. Sherman Alexie's "This is what it means to say Phoenix, Arizona" and William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" both have symbols that give a profound look on how their stories develop. Although Sherman Alexie and William Faulkner’s stories are written in different styles, they have similar symbols. Death, smell and setting combine to give a myriad of deeper meaning to the stories. The symbol that means the most in both stories is death. Death is a massive symbol that is in the two stories. Alexie’s story “This is what it means to say Phoenix, Arizona" states that, “Victor hadn’t seen his
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Along with death there comes a certain smell in these two stories. Which is the smell of death and misery. Smell like other symbols can be good or bad. In the case of the stories they are bad, because they are involved with death. The smell in “A Rose for Emily” was her house. “After her father’s death she went out very little; after her sweetheart went away, people hardly saw her at all.”(Faulkner 34). Her being in the house, and never coming out invented this smell that was a sort of foreshadowing of her own death. The smell was so rancid that neighbors were complaining and people went out of their way to control the smell. The smell in “This is what it means to say Phoenix, Arizona" is in the same sense because it was in his fathers’ trailer. “The stink rolled out and made them both gag. Victor’s father had lain in that trailer for a week in hundred-degree temperatures before anyone found him.” (Alexi 278). The smell in the trailer was a form of a very gruesome death and hellish atmosphere. The body was so rotted it left the sickening smell days after the body was removed. Also the body could only be identified by his teeth. The final symbol that was used by both stories was there settings. The setting in the stories represent symbols of their time and place. The setting in “A Rose for Emily” is based in the early 1900s down in the south. “The little boys would

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