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William Faulkners A Rose for Emily is a story that addresses the symbolic changes in the South after the civil war Miss Emilys house symbolizes neglect and poverty of the new times in the town of Jefferson The rampant symbolism and Faulkners descriptions of the decaying house coincide with Miss Emilys physical and emotional decay and also emphasize her mental degeneration and further illustrate the outcome of Faulkners story Miss Emilys decaying house not only lacks genuine love and care but so does she in her adult life but more so during her childhood The pertinence of Miss Emilys house in relation to her physical appearance is brought on by constant neglect and under-appreciation The house is situated in what was once a prominent neighborhood that has now deteriorated The house was a big squarish frame house that had once been white decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies of an earlier time now many of the towns people see that the house has become an eyesore among eyesores Through lack of attention the house has deteriorated from a beautiful estate to an ugly desolate shack Similarly Miss Emily has also become an eyesore in the following various ways She is first described as a fallen monument to suggest her former grandeur and her later ugliness This story by Faulkner contains a high rate of symbolism thoroughly distributed and revealed by shady foreshadowing Just as the house has Miss Emily has lost her beauty Once she had been a beautiful woman who later becomes obese and bloated In this post civil war town the great estate and Miss Emily has suffered the toll of time and neglect As the exterior the interior of the house as well resembles Miss Emilys increasing decent and the growing sense of sadness that accompanies such a downfall All that is told of the inside of Miss Emilys house is a
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