William Faulkner 's A Rose For Emily

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There are many ways to read a piece of writing. A reader could take the work at face value, investigate and ponder ideas introduced, or closely examine each minuscule detail in the writing. In order to fully enjoy William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” readers must do the latter. Faulkner is a witty writer; some symbols are less obvious than others in his writing. To fully appreciate and obtain full meaning of the text readers must pay attention to his symbols and how they contribute to the greater theme. William Faulkner uses symbolization in “A Rose for Emily” to develop a theme of personal struggle. Emily faces many personal struggles: her relationship with the townspeople, her struggle to remain unchanging in a modernizing town, her sexuality, and lack of love in life are all explored through the usage of symbols in the story. The short story is written from the first person viewpoint of the townspeople. Since the story is written in the first person, the text can be considered unreliable. Emily’s point of view or explicit thinking is never shared; the townspeople invent her persona for the reader. Her exact words, thoughts, and feelings are recounted by the citizens of Jefferson in a gossip-like manner. Upon her fathers death the gossip begins: “We did not say she was crazy then. We believed she had to do that. We remembered all the young men her father had driven away, and we knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people…
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