The Impacts of Symbolism in "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner

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Regardless of the length of a story, an author can make their writing more interesting by using symbolism. Using symbolism can help the author give detail, depth, and meaning to their work. By giving the reader a mental picture of an object or idea, it is easier for the reader to connect and comprehend what the author is trying to say. The use of symbolism can also hint the reader of something that will happen in the future. Faulkner's use of symbolism in "A Rose for Emily" defines and gives a better understanding of Emily's emotions. In this matter, the reader can engage in the reading. By using symbolism, the author allows the reader to have their own interpretation. By the use of symbolist the reader is lead to different understandings of the story.
The main symbol that is frequently mentioned throughout the short story is a rose. A rose is a commonly known symbol of love. The protagonist’s lovers were often chased away by her father when she was young. So it can be concluded that her husband Homer was like a rose to her. Emily loved and cherished her husband just as she would a rose. After roses die or dry out, we want to conserve them and we can but they will lose their beauty. Emily was probably trying to do the same with her husband’s dead body. She could have been using the corpse as a display as you would with a flower. Emily was mentally ill so she did not realize it was wrong to keep a decomposing body. Unlike a dry flower, a corpse doesn’t give off a pleasant
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