Going Beyond The Meaning in A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

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Most of the time, an object can represent multiple things. In the United States the Bald eagle represents freedom. It symbolizes freedom, because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks. Our soldiers fight for our freedom today. Symbolism explains an object more clearly and it goes beyond the meaning. Colors can also be a symbol. The United States flag has three colors and they all represent something different. White represents purity and innocence. Red stands for hardiness and valor. Blue signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice. If the flag is flown half-staff it represents respect, mourning, or distress. In the story, A Rose for Emily, an elderly woman named Emily was controlled and kept away from finding love by her…show more content…
“We had long thought of them as a tableau.” (Faulkner1216). The Townspeople also represented Isolation. According to, Madisoncavell “Towns fails to recognize her as a real human being, seeing her as more of a symbol than a person.” The town made Emily isolate herself by noticing her more as an object than a human being. “Though a sort of respect affection for a fallen monument.” (Faulkner1215).

They viewed her family more as a picture. “We had long thought of them as a tableau.” (Faulkner1216).
The Rose is a symbol of Love. According to, StudyMode “the love is a symbol for love. In the story, Homer is the ‘rose’ or love for Emily.” A rose usually symbolizes love. Homer Barron is the love of her life. “What was left of him, rotted… second pillow was the indentation of a head.” (stated Faulkner1219). The rose also represents Secrecy. StudyMode declares, “The rose stands for Emily’s secrets; that Homer is her ‘rose’ that she loved and kept to herself even after his body was decaying.” Homer was her love and not even death can tear them apart. “What was left of him… had become inextricable from the bed in which he lay… second pillow was the indentation of a head.” (Faulkner1219).
Emily’s house represents Mental illness. According to, SparkNotes “Shrine to the living past, and the sealed upstairs bedroom is her macabre trophy room where she preserves the man she
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