Never ending love
In the short story “A Rose for Emily” William Faulkner writes and creates a form of symbolism of the main character and the way her life was lived to that of what could have been a rose that withered away. Throughout the short story there are other forms of symbolism which are easy identifiable such as the fact that she was once very attractive and grew to be old and unattractive such as the house she lived in which was said to be “an eye sore of eye sores”(668).
Emily’s story if very descriptive and a very telling tale of a woman who never withered until her death such as a rose would live its life. good intro
Symbolism throughout the story is not solely pinpointed to the actual title of the story and Emily herself. The story was that of a person who didn’t not want to progress in life, someone who only thought and new of the time where she was happy the time her father was still alive. The death of her father contributed to her mind not being able to process the fact that time was passing by and she was no longer a woman who was to waited on hand and foot but rather a burden to the town (668).
Emily simply lived off the story that a former Mayor once said in order for her family to never pay taxes, which lead to her being almost known as a legacy in the town.
With the death of her father came what I would associate Emily to be as manic depressive, or bipolar. Her way of thinking that she was above everyone else made it very hard for others to feel sorry or express their sorrow for her (671).
The last paragraph of this essay is my favorite by far, “…in their beautiful voices out of my childhood. Raymond. ” The author of this story made it so tangible the dislike Raymond Jr. had for his birth name that it felt like a true revelation when the character finally embraced it. To hear his father’s name echo as his own name and to enjoy it leaves the reader with the same sense of happiness. ...
When a new person name Homer Barron came to town to work on the road system she seemed to be drawn to him because he was loud and respected or a leader who yelled at slaves which she could probably relate to the like of her father (671).
Homer was to be the man that she fell in love with and wanted to so badly for him to stay with her that she went beyond the limits of a rational person and poisoned him so he wouldn’t live like the men in her life have.
The story slowly describes how Emily’s life was growing up until the end when she died, she was an innocent woman who grew to be somewhat of a crazy woman that wanted to be loved or have someone with her. Throughout the story although she was the focal point of the town’s people and did not want to be, this is what drove everyone to want to see what Emily was about. Emily did not change her ways although life passed her by, she believed in being taking care of and past values in which she still carried pre Civil War. The overall symbolism of this story can be compared to the never ending love that she craved and the never ending love a rose can symbolize.