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Literary Analysis A Rose for Emily William FaulknerIn William Faulkners story A Rose for Emily the rose symbolizes many thingsfrom love to hate to revenge and her feeling of being neglected Emily is living a sadlife When she is growing up her father isolates her and after his death she is still sad andmiserable Her father leaves her alone completely alone and a pauper she had becomehumanized The greatest thing that a rose can symbolize is love and Emily finds hersweetheart when the city contracts for the sidewalks to be paved one year after herfathers death Even though the women in the town can only say poor Emily at thissingle point in her life Emily is happy but as soon as Emilys life seems to move forwardwhere she can be happy and love somebody the thorns of the rose appear and Emilys lifestarts to shred Emily believing that Homer will marry her finds the horrible truth thathe is not a marrying man Homer likes men and a life of drinking at the Elks Club andagain the town people say poor Emily when Homer leaves Emily feels a hatred towardHomer for humiliating her As expected by the town Homer returns within three days Emily wants revenge as the thorns of the rose appear inside her She wants Homer to bewith her for the rest of her life so Emilys solution is to kill Homer She dresses him in anoutfit she has bought him and Emily lies him on the bed feeling that Homer will nowalways be with her The final symbolization of the rose is neglect Emily feels neglectedby Homer so she closes her front door forever to be with Homer and to wilt and die Therose creates a great metaphor when comparing it to Emilys life The title fits almostperfectly but The Rose in Emily is more appropriate This is a more becoming titlebecause Emilys life starts out closed with her father then opens with
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