Decay And The South: Miss Emily's Deterioration

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Decay and the South: Miss Emily’s Deterioration After the American Civil War the South had hit its worst, rapid decline and poverty plagued almost all that dwelled there. This was around the time William Faulkner wrote “A Rose for Emily” a story set on the perpetual decline of a woman named Emily who is omitted from paying taxes. She lived with a negro boy named Tobe in once was a great house. “Only Miss Emily's house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps-an eyesore among eyesores.” Once, before the war this house was one of the most prized houses in the town, everyone was jealous of it, everyone wished they had it. After the war the house started to deteriorate, Miss Emily couldn't…show more content…
“Fell ill in the house filled with dust and shadows...” The shoddy house was more of an extension of herself than an actual home. In Miss Emily’s younger years the house had been know to be a wondrous sight to see, but after the Homer Barron scene the mental stability of Emily quickly shattered as did the beauty of the house. The house and Emily both got sick and worn out in their old age. “The men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which no one save an old man-servant--a combined gardener and cook--had seen in at least ten years.” Miss Emily and her house had become a monument to the Old South. The entire town went to go see Miss Emily’s burial, to go pay their respects to a way of life meeting its end. The Southern aristocracy had met its end and the time for a new South was now, reborn by carpetbaggers and freed slaves. A Rose For Emily is full of many different symbols and meanings for each symbols, but the most prominent is the recurring symbol of the Old South meeting its end or its slow decline to nonexistence. William Faulkner overlaying idea that the Old South was meeting its end was put into many of his writing using symbols. Here it was Emily and her house that portrayed the decline the most
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