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A Rose for Emily written by William Faulkner is based upon a rather dark and lonely character Miss Emily Grierson Faulkner tells the tragic story of the life and death of Emily Living her life void of any sort of tender emotions she is separated from her community not only through her wealth and status as a single woman but also because of her physical appearance which in turn has key meaning in this short story Though a rose itself is a sign of love and affection the actual portrayal of Miss Emily is through her home With time she has grown old stubborn and rather filthy just as her home has The symbolism of the decaying house is parallel to that of Emilys physical deterioration as well as the breakdown in her mental state All the visible similarities between her home and herself have been brought about by years of neglect For example the house was once described as being white and decorated in the heavily lightsome style however the house has now become an eyesore among eyesores Coincidentally Emily has had the same fate--a fallen monument which suggests her splendor and majesty of a past life yet now reflecting an unspoken ugliness Furthermore the interior of the house also replicates Emilys growing sense of sadness and decay Her home is said to smell of dust and disuse which gives the reader the visualization of an object or in this case perhaps a person to be worn and inadequate The authors choice of words can be directly assimilated with those used to go on and describe Emily a small fat woman in black with a voice that is dry and cold A Rose for Emily has emphasized the connection between exquisiteness and grace in reference to the characteristically existent being and their physical environments Through the life journey of Miss Emily beauty and elegance have managed to become
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