A Rose for Emily Symbolism

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Gurroohraj Singh English 102 1, July 1999 "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner is a remarkable tale of Miss Emily Grierson, whose funeral drew the attention of the entire population of Jefferson a small southern town. Miss Emily was raised in the ante-bellum period before the Civil War in the south. An unnamed narrator, who is consider to be "the town" or at least the collaborative voice of it, aligns key moments in Emily's life, including the …

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…progress and updating, so does Miss Emily, until both of them become decaying symbols of their dying generation. Through descriptions of the house resemble descriptions of Mss Emily Grierson, "A Rose for Emily" emphasizes the beauty and elegance can become distorted through neglect and lack of love and affection. As the house deteriorates for forty years until it becomes ugly and unappealing, Miss Emily's physical appearance and emotional well being decay in the same way.