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Fallen Monuments by Katie Myers In A Rose For Emily by William Faulkner the home of Miss Emily Grierson is described and used as a symbol of the decay and deterioration of her own physical state The characteristics of Miss Emilys home are parallel to her own physical appearance Through the description of the home Faulkner helps to clarify Griersons character and provide a more detailed image of who Emily Grierson is Miss Emily Griersons home once a big squarish frame housedecorated with cupolas and spires and located in a prominent area of town has become an eyesore among eyesores 315 Through lack of attention the house has evolved from a representation of nobility and tradition into the ugly remains of a previous era The newer generation the backbone and the spirit of the town 319 view the house as no more than stubborn and coquettish decay 315 The now deteriorating dwelling has a door through which no visitor has passedsinceeight or ten years earlier 315 Seldom did anyone see the inside of Emily Griersons home her front door remained closed 319 On one occasion when a deputation was sent to her home they were admitted into a dim hall from which a stairway mounted into still more shadow Faulkner described the smell of the home as that of dust and disuse-a close dank smell 315 When the blinds of one window were opened and the visitors sat down they could see that the leather was cracked anda faint dust rosespinning with slow motes in the single sun-ray 315 Through Faulkners choice of words vivid pictures are painted of the decrepit home and the lack of life within Miss Emily similar to her environment has become an eyesore for example Faulkner first describes her as a fallen monument 315 to suggest her previous class and her now grotesque appearance In her younger years not even the young men were quite good enough 317
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