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American Lit November 13 2000 Symbolism of Decay In A Rose for Emily Faulkner uses the elements of time and setting to foreshadow Emily Griersons decay of life physically and mentally By avoiding the chronological order of events of Miss Emilys life Faulkner first gives the reader a finished puzzle and then allows the reader to examine this puzzle piece by piece step by step By doing so he enhances the plot and presents two different perspectives of time held by the characters The first perspective the world of the present views time as a mechanical progression in which the past is a diminishing road The second perspective the world of tradition and the past views the past as a huge meadow which no winter ever quite touches divided from them now by the narrow bottleneck of the most recent decade of years V1553 Faulkner begins the story with Miss Emilys funeral where the men see her as a fallen monumentI1548 and the women are anxious to see the inside of her house He gives us a picture of a woman who is frail because she has fallen yet as important and symbolic as a monument The details of Miss Emilys house closely relate to her and symbolize what she stands for It is set on what had once been the most select streetI1548 The narrator which is the town in this case describes the house as Romano 2 stubborn and coquettishI 1548 Cotton gins and garages have long obliterated the neighborhood but it is the only house left I1548 With a further look at Miss Emilys life we realize the importance of the setting in which the story takes place The house in which she lives remains static and unchanged as the town progresses Inside the walls of her abode Miss Emily conquers time and progression In chapter
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