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Symbolic References In A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner

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The most common technique that is used throughout the story of “A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner would be symbolism. Emily Grierson, an interesting character who shows to be stubborn when she is requested to do such task that she feels are beyond her capabilities. “When the gentlemen came to her door to collect her taxes Emily said, ‘See Colonel Sartoris, I have no taxes in Jefferson’.” By Miss Emily not lonely being rude but also cold hearted towards others she has made herself separated from the townspeople, “I have no taxes in Jefferson…Tobe! Show these gentlemen out.”(Faulkner 1215) Although Miss Emily is an isolated character from most of the townspeople an exception for her butler Tobe, she is still treated as a high class citizen, you could even say that she was looked upon as a stained glass angel that the people would think that “Emily, is a monument,” others would think of her as “Tableau, Miss Emily, a slender figure in white,” (Faulkner 1216) Time has changed people would no longer get away with crimes such as refusing to pay taxes.Afields5 would suggest that Ms. Grierson is a Representation of the “decline of the ‘Old South’.” Meaning she cannot let go of what she holds so dearly to her life, and is unable to change her environment. Until she met Homer Barron, Emily has never socialize or been accompanied with any other character in the story. From the information I have received from “Symbols in ‘A Rose for Emily’” “Homer is her ‘rose’ that she loved and kept to herself even after his body was decaying.” Mr. Barron was the only man that Emily had not only become so dearly to her but has would also do anything to keep him, “’She will marry him’ then we said, ‘She will persuade him yet,’”(Faulkner1218) Homer had more than one symbol than just being Ms. Griersons Rose, According to my 2nd source article “Death and Taxes” “Taxes are – a symbol of death, through this time, they symbolize the death of Homer Barron.” Miss Emily’s taxes when a new generation has frowned upon and has to repeal against, taxes are a symbol of death. “What was left of him, rotted beneath what was left of the nightshirt, had become inextricable from the bed in which he lay,” (Faulkner1219) Although Emily and Homer have accompanied each other’s side; Insensitive was an adjective that had been labeled on Homer Barron. An article named “Homer Barron” has done a character analysis on this character and has given such information that, “Even though he isn’t the marrying kind – he’s not the kind of man she think he is.” Homer did not have the same feeling that Miss Emily has had towards Homer Barron; he only wanted to live his own life.”Homer himself had remarked – he liked men, and it was known that he drank with the younger men in the Elks’ Club- that he was not the marring man.” (Faulkner1218) Miss Emily and Homer was the topic that all the people in the small community would gossip about, why you can even infer that it was inhuman on how the townspeople...

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