With the literal meaning of Faulkner's story implies many different… 555 Words 3 Pages Symbolism in A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner William Faulkner used a great deal of symbolism in this story. Symbols represent ideas or qualities that the author has maneuvered into his or her story that has meaning. She then goes on to describe the house in the once upscale neighborhood but now full of cotton gins and such. Think about the various reasons we send and receive flowers. Through this quote one can see the struggle that Miss Emily had to maintain her traditions and her attempts to force the town to remain at a.
Faulkner uses it as a gift to Emily for the tragedies she has endured: being an only child, living a solitary life, etc. Lucky for us, William Faulkner shed some light on this title in an interview. The townsfolk don't understand why Emily won't change, but in reality she cannot change. How can a rich, poised woman be guilty of killing her future husband? Both stories seem to not share any similarities at first glance, especially in regards to their settings and plots. She has endured some hardships and also committed some unthinkable atrocities, but the image of the rose helps us to see her human side and try to understand her as a person.
He is soon seen to be with Emily in her Sunday carriage rides, and it is soon expected for them to be married. The way she copes with reality is to create her own. The reader also sees this with the corpse of Homer Barron, except she is the one who inflicts death upon him. So now you can see all the small details adding up and the basically say a rose for Emily is a marriage for Emily. Even these symbols are open to interpretation; they are the heart and soul of the story. In the framework that his death was not an accident, but a murder on the part of Emily, Homer's rejection of the marriage can be seen as the North's rejection of Southern tradition. After her father's death, the only person seen moving about Emily's home is Tobe- a black man, serving as Emily's butler, going in and out with a market basket.
The townsfolk are also to blame: they view Miss Emily herself through rose-colored glasses. That difference between wishing and willing—between fantasy and reality—is precisely the measure of heroic aptitude. Emily's house is also used to symbolize Emily as a monument, alienation, and death. During the years of Emily's isolation, he provides no details of her life to the townspeople and promptly disappears directly following her death. Even these symbols are open to interpretation; they are the heart and soul of the story. When Homer Baron, a construction worker, comes into Emily's life he sheds hope into her life.
It could be that he is set in his ways and does not want Emily to become distracted from her societal duties. An author uses various elements such as point of view, the setting, and symbols to work toward the expression of one central idea. The people of Jefferson also believe that nothing really changed after the Civil War. Since then, it has come to represent the idea that the world is being viewed in an unrealistically optimistic light. However, even Faulkner himself was unsure if Emily is a likable character: ''I don't know whether I would have liked her or not, I might have been afraid of her,'' he said. Miss Emily grew up as part of an aristocratic Southern family, with an overpowering father who refused to allow her to be courted by the young men of the town. The rose bridges language barriers and spans continents.
This shows the physical as well as internal deterioration of this lady due to her loss. She is seen buying arsenic in the pharmacy, and shortly after that, Homer disappears forever. The townspeople even went as far as to believe, 'She will marry him…She will persuade him yet,' despite the fact that Emily's love interest, Homer Barron, admitted 'he liked men, and… that he was not a marrying man. She refuses to pay her taxes because she didn't have to pay them when her father was alive. She is often the topic of town gossip, when seen in public and when not. She is in many ways a mixed blessing. That's a lot of babies named Emily! Thus, perhaps the rose can be related to Emily's love life or her desire for love.
They went upstairs to a room that had not been opened for years, and what did they find? The main character in the story, Emily Grierson, has a tendency to cling to the past and has a reluctance to be independent. Her bizarre relationship to the dead bodies of the men she has loved—her necrophilia—is revealed first when her father dies. The door to her upstairs bedroom is locked; some of the townsfolk break down the door to see what has been hidden for so long. She used to think and then she used to think again. The meaning most often attributed to this is the notion that when all is said and done, a thing is what it is. Marriage suit: rose colored curtains, rose colored lamp shade, ect.
Had the story been told in a linear fashion, this understanding would have been lost, something Faulkner knew and incorporated into the story. Was it a failing relationship or was Emily's pride damaged by the local gossip? It appears to them that Emily has finally found her rose. Today, a rose can symbolize many emotions, from passionate love and true friendship to sympathy and regret. The town spinster who had ceased accepting visitors for ten yearshas died and a huge funeral is held. If Faulkner presented the story in a linear fashion, the chances of the reader sympathizing with Emily would be far less. Sweeter than peaches and pears and cream.