A Rose For Emily3

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The Tenses of Death William Faulkner’s “A Rose For Emily” portrays a post-modern culture of the old south. More specific in this story, images of death are fashioned by Faulkner’s use of symbolism. However, in an unintentional and seemingly chronological way, death is symbolic within the past, present and future in the form of the stench, the house, and the arsenic. When anything becomes a stench, either rotting or decomposition are occurring. As …

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…s use of symbolism comes alive in the form of the stench, the house and the arsenic. All of these can be seen as a way for death to be duly represented within the past, present and future tense. As for Ms. Emily, she too would stand to face her maker. One point to be made: no matter whom the individual, death is inevitable. It comes to all, some in less horrifying ways than others.