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Only when the present has become the past can we reflect on what we could have or should have done Yet our society is so obsessed with keeping track of time that we spend millions of dollars a year to keep a set of atomic clocks ticking the time These clocks are so accurate that they must be reset once a year to correct for the earths imperfect orbit Our base-60 measure of time is an abstract idea dating from the Babylonians All this and what most human minds intrinsically understand about time is the past present and future I say most minds because not every mind does comprehend these abstract ideas Many people are able to survive in the present but give little or no thought to the future and these people usually live in the past Such a mind is the mind of Miss Emily Grierson in William Faulkners A Rose for Emily Emily Grierson survives in the present but lives in the past The morbid ending is foreshadowed by the storys opening with Miss Emily Griersons death and funeral The bizarre outcome is further emphasized throughout by the symbolism of the decaying house which parallels Miss Emilys physical deterioration and demonstrates her ultimate mental disintegration Her life like the house which decays around her is a direct result of living in the pastPart of living is death and the future conjures life the past and death Emilys imbalance of past and present causes her to confuse the living with the dead Perhaps the most prominent example of Emilys confusion is the carcass of Homer Barron lying in the honeymoon room of Emilys house This division is exemplified by the symbolic imagery of Faulkner The rose colored room a color of life is covered thickly with dust a symbol of death Of course this is not the first time we learn of Emilys confusion Previous to Barrons discovery her father dies and she
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