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The use of literary devices such as diction and symbolism are crucial elements in establishing characterization The diction writers choice of words much be appropriate for the characters and the situations in which the author places them Meyer 234 Therefore William Faulkners diction in A Rose for Emily will differ greatly from Ernest Hemingways Soldiers Home Hemingway uses the Krebs family home and Faulker uses the element of time as symbols The home and the element of time are symbolic because each has meanings that go beyond its specific qualities and functions Meyer 194 Setting also plays a major role in characterization Setting is the context in which the action of a story occurs Meyer 137 If one is sensitive to the contexts provided by setting one is better able to understand the behavior of the characters and the significance of their actions Meyer 137 In order to understand Miss Emily it would be useless to place her in the same setting as Krebs and vice versa Different words evoke different associations in a readers mind diction is crucial in controlling a readers response Meyer 234 Faulkners choice of words allows the readers to vividly picture Miss Emilys physical traits as well as her attitude By describing the Grierson house Faulkner is cleverly inviting an observation of Miss Emily It was a big squarish frame house that had once been white decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies set on what had once been our most select street But garages and cotton gins had encroached and obliterated even the august names of that neighborhood only Miss Emilys house was left lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps - an eyesore among eyesores Meyer 71 Miss Emily was a woman that kept to herself She lived in a time when socializing with the other women and
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