A Rose For Emily

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Miss Emily’s House: A Symbol of Neglect Miss Emily’s House: A Symbol of Neglect “A Rose for Emily,” is the remarkable story of Emily Grierson, whose death and funeral drew the attention of the town. The bizarre outcome is further emphasized throughout by the symbolism of the decaying house, which parallels Miss Emily’s physical deterioration and demonstrates her ultimate mental disintegration. Emily’s life, like the house which decays around her, suffers …

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…through neglect and lack of love. In this story, the house deteriorates for forty years until it becomes ugly; Miss Emily physical and emotional condition dissipate in a similar manner. Work Cited Brooks, Cleanth. “On ‘A Rose for Emily.’” Literature for Composition. Ed. Sylan Barnet, et al. 4th ed. New York: HaperCollins, 1995. 190-1. Blythe, Hal. “Faulkner’s ‘A Rose for Emily.’” Barnet. 192-3. Fetterley, Judith. “A Rose for Emily ‘A Rose for Emily.’” Barnet. 194-96