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In a A Rose for Emily the author William Faulkner symbolizes the state of the post civil war south in the story of Miss Emily Grieson This leads Miss Emily to be the center of the tale a woman sheltered by her father as a girl and betrayed by her lover as a woman The setting for A Rose for Miss Emily is in a post civil war era in the town of Jefferson an imaginary town used by Faulkner in his stories a south becoming aware of its role in a nation In a way the whole story is symbolic of change in the towns life or the south through out Miss Emilys life The symbolism in the decaying house coincides with the emotional and physical status of Miss Emily the house needs the love and care it never gets so does Miss Emily throughout her childhood and her adult life The relation can be shown by the various use of symbolism set in the story by Faulkner as an example the house used to be in a good neighborhood which has decayed as in Faulkners words It was a big squarish frame house that had once been white decorated with cupolas and spires 75 and then the vivid transformation of the house to coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps- an eyesore among eyesores 75 The narrator being unknown to us who is assumed to be the town gives a sense of grandeur to Miss Emily as if she were one of the towns monuments something beautiful and worth caring for Alive Miss Emily had been a tradition a duty and a care 75 which gives Miss Emily a sense of beauty -- Miss Emily a slender figure in white 77 which in turn decays into being obese and bloated-- she looked fat and bloated like a body long submerged in motionless water 75 The fall
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