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Symbolism A Rose for Emily As Mr Faulkner opens the story you should already come to the conclusion that this is a very southern part of town by him describing the cotton gins cotton wagons and gasoline pumps those were things we used years ago There are many symbols used in this particular story that will show you that the souths past was not as glorious as Miss Emily makes it seem All the symbols represent something but the ones that caught my eye were the colors white and gray When colors are mentioned they tell a lot about the characters The story opens letting you know first off that Miss Emily as died So the plot of the story begins backwards Mr Faulkner is getting the readers attention by letting you know that she is deceased making you wonder what happened As the narrator starts to describe the house he mentions that it was a big squarish frame house that had once been white In the World Book Dictionary white is described as having the color of salt or snow but this house had once been that color Now the house was maybe off white This color that it had once been lets you know that the house is very old and the color itself is deteriorating White also represents angelic or happy and as we can see throughout the story neither one of those words represents Miss Emily The dark gloomy personality of Miss Emily lets you know that happiness is far from her life You could also say that because her house use to be white the sun would shine very brightly through her window but as time went by her depression and loneliness grew on her house and the dull look made the sun go in the opposite direction Usually when a house is white the sun will shine on it and the reflection will bounce
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