A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner

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In the timeless classic, “A rose for Emily” by William Faulkner we are introduced to Emily Grierson, a matured sheltered southern woman; born to a proud, aristocratic family presumably during the American Civil War. Through out the short story William Faulkner uses many literary devices such as symbolism, metaphors and allegory to play with “time” and how time reflects upon his main character Emily Grierson. Emily being one who denies the ability to see time for what it is linear and unchangeable. Her constant rejection of time initiates changes in her life, starting with her own physical appearance that aid in her displeasure, then proceeding too Miss Emily’s own home which becomes her jail, and finally her unwillingness to move forward drives her to commit heinous actions towards her lover.
In “A Rose for EmilyWilliam Faulkner uses numerous examples of symbolism throughout the short story, starting with Miss Emily’s own home. The house itself is a representation of the sheer loneliness and isolation that Miss Emily repetitively felt. The house was her cell, a prison without bars, a prison that was created over time. William Faulkner writes “It was a big, squarish 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 our most select street… only Miss Emily 's house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline

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