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The Symbolism and Characterization in A Rose for Emily by In the short story A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner the macabreending is foreshadowed by the storys opening with Miss Emily Griersonsdeath and funeral The bizarre outcome is further emphasized throughout bythe symbolism of the decaying house which parallels Miss Emilys physicaldeterioration and demonstrates her ultimate mental disintegration Her lifelike the house which decays around her suffers from lack of genuine loveThe author also uses characterization to reveal the character of MissEmily He expresses the content of her character through physicaldescription through her actions words and feelings through a narratorsdirect comments about the characters nature and through the actionswords and feelings of other characters The unnamed narrator that it canbe identified as the town or at least a representative voice from it noticethe frequent use of we in a seemingly haphazard manner relates keymoments in Emilys life that help to the explore to Emilys characterThe external characteristics of Miss Emilys house parallel her physicalappearance to show the transformation brought about by years of neglectFor example the house is located in what was once a prominentneighborhood that has deteriorated Originally white and decorated in theheavily lightsome style Faulkner 315 of an earlier time the house hasbecome an eyesore among eyesores 315 Through lack of attention thehouse has evolved from a beautiful representative of quality to an uglyholdover from another era Similarly Miss Emily has become an eyesore forexample she is first described as a fallen monument 315 to suggest herformer grandeur and her later grotesqueness Like the house she has losther beauty Once she had been a slender figure in white 317 later she isobese and bloated like a body long submerged in motionless water witheyes lost in the fatty ridges of her face 315 Both house and occupanthave suffered the ravages of time and neglectThe interior of the house also parallels Miss Emilys increasingdegeneration and the growing sense of sadness that accompanies suchdecay Initially
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