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Different Meanings Of Symbolism In A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner

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Symbolism is when you use things that mean more than just their literal meaning. There are many things that symbolize one thing or another. These symbols can be used to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings from being different from what they are. Symbolism can take many forms including a character, word, action, or even an event that has a deeper meaning in the context of the whole story. Symbolism can take many different forms in different ways. There’s a meaning for everything. For example when people get tattoos, their tattoos usually symbolize something meaningful to them than what it actually is. There can be a story behind the whole meaning of their tattoo than just being a tattoo. Other than just being what you see, it can symbolize something that may be way out of context clues.
In this short story that is written by William Faulkner, Emily, one of the main characters has gone through so much grief and pain when her father passed away. She became sick and refused to believe that her father was gone so kept telling everyone that her father wasn’t dead although people already knew it was really just the pain talking. When Emily laid eyes on Homer Barron, a Yankee, she knew instantly she was meant to be with this man. They instantly went out a few times being shown in public where people were feeling happy for Emily yet sorry for her knowing she was being played. Homer Barron didn’t feel the same for her but Emily didn’t want to take no for an answer thinking that if she couldn’t have this man, no one else can either. She went on

and bought some poison planning to poison Homer Barron, the one that she loved. Emily also went off to a jeweler’s and bought the man’s toilet set in silver graved in
with H.B. on each piece set she bought. She also bought a complete men’s outfit of clothing that also included a night shirt. People instantly thought they were married. One night while Emily and Homer had dinner together at Emily’s house, she tricked him into drinking this drink where Emily has poured some arsenic poison into it. Homer slowly died while Emily watched and put him in a bed upstairs. Many people started noticing they haven’t seen Homer around in a while and started being curious about it. A few years later then passed. Emily grew fat and her hair turned all grey. By that time, still there was no sign of Homer Barron, but neither have they seen Emily around because she refused to leave her home. She stayed locked in there for the past years until Miss. Emily then died. When the whole town went to her funeral they then began to question about Homer Barron again. After everything these two women and a man went upstairs being curious about the one room she had locked up for so many years. When they finally got the room to open, it was filled with old dust, and really bad smell looking as if that room hasn’t been used in centuries. When they began to look around they noticed a human body that...

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