A Rose For Emily: Fallen From Grace



A comparative essay on the use of symbolism in William Faulkner's "A
Rose for Emily."
Authors traditionally use symbolism as a way to represent the sometimes
intangible qualities of the characters, places, and events in their works. In
his short story "A Rose for Emily," William Faulkner uses symbolism to compare
the Grierson house with Emily Grierson's physical deterioration, her shift in
social standing, and her reluctancy to accept change.
When compared chronologically, the Grierson house is used to symbolize
Miss Emily's physical attributes. In its prime, the Grierson house is described
as "white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the
heavily lightsome ...

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of wealth to onlookers.
Emily was regarded by her father as property. Her significance to him was
strongly ornamental, just as their overly lavish home was. As the plot
progresses, the reader is clearly made aware of the physical decline of both the
house and Miss Emily. Just as the house is described as "smelling of dust and
disuse," evidence of Emily's own aging is given when her voice in similarly said
to be "harsh, and rusty, as if from disuse" (70-74). Ultimately, at the time of
Emily's death, the house is seen by the townspeople as "an eyesore among
eyesores," and Miss Emily is regarded as a "fallen monument" (69). Both are
empty, and lifeless. Neither are even remotely representative of their former
splendor.
Just as their physical characteristics, Faulkner uses the Grierson house
as a symbol for Miss Emily's change in social status. In its prime, the house
was "big," and "squarish," and located on Jefferson's "most select street" (69).
This description gives the ...

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