A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner

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“A Rose for Emily” The setting is usually represented by the simplicity of a place and time. In “A Rose for Emily”, Faulkner expands setting into something much more. The setting goes far beyond just the time and place, it involves the people and objects that surround Emily throughout the story. Faulkner uses those objects and people to show how Emily struggles with accepting the present and leaving the past behind. In the second paragraph, Faulkner refers to Emily’s house and what it had once looked like. “A big, square frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies, set on what had once been the our most select street,” describes Faulkner (82). This shows how at one point in time, the house was beautiful and eclectic. He then goes on to describe it in it’s present day condition, “an eyesore among eyesores” (82). Over time, while the world around the house was changing, the house itself had not. The house is a major representation of time and decay. It symbolizes Emily and how, even though the town of Jefferson is evolving, she is not. She is slowly decaying with the house and becoming less coherent with the present world around her. Emily is referred to as a fallen monument more then once during the story. Faulkner does this to show how Emily is a representation of the old south. Even though times have changed, people in the town still hold Emily to a high standard and respect

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