William Faulkner 's A Rose For Emily

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Monumental Decay

William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily”, set in the Antebellum South, is a Southern Gothic short story littered with a contingent of iconic, significant and monumental supporting characters. From the gregarious Homer Barron to the taciturn Tobe, these characters are characterized by their symbolism and their pivotal influence on the underlying themes in “A Rose for Emily”. One such character, who is particularly monumental due to its inanimateness, is the Grierson Household itself. Because of the denigration of its surroundings, its exterior and its interior, the fall of the Grierson Household represents the death of the prosperity of the Antebellum South.
I. Our first glimpse at the relationship between the disenfranchisement of the Grierson Household and the fall of the prominence of the South is through the debasement of the surroundings of the Grierson Household.
A. Faulkner starts by explaining that the Grierson House was set on one of Jefferson’s most select streets (301).
1. This street, just like the all of the property resting on its borders, had fallen from the prominence and wealth it had once realized.
2. The street Miss Emily’s house rested on was for the most part deserted after the Civil War, with the exception of the Grierson House.
a. This spectacle reflects the abandonment of the once prosperous plantation economy of the South by the bulk of its most vital constituent, the once enslaved African Americans. Dykeman and Stokely “state that the…
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