In Memory of Emily Grierson

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In the short story ¡§A Rose for Emily,¡¨ (1930) William Faulkner presents Miss Emily¡¦s instable state of mind through a missed sequence of events. Faulkner arranges the story in fractured time and then introduces characters who contribute to the development of Miss Emily¡¦s personality. The theme of isolation is also presented by Faulkner¡¦s descriptive words and symbolic images. Faulkner uses anachronism to illustrate Miss Emily¡¦s confused mind. The story is split into …

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…Miss Emily¡¦s past. Not only does Faulkner use descriptive words to describe Miss Emily, but he also uses symbolism. Throughout the story, Faulkner uses the description of Miss Emily¡¦s house to refer to Miss Emily herself. Miss Emily¡¦s once normal behavior and deterioration is captured in the house¡¦s old-fashioned look and the decayed look. Faulkner uses all these literary devices to present the themes of mixed memory, old age and isolation.