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A symbol is a person object or event that suggests more than its literal meaning In the story A Rose for Emily the symbolism shows more about the character than is detailed by the author William Faulkner Symbolism helps to indicate several things in the story how Ms Emily was once innocent but later changes how her hair and some other items helped to show her resistance to change how the room where Homer died shows that she loved Homer and her desire to stop change how Homers name and actions suggest that he is a homosexual and how she could not get away from her fathers control even after his death First Ms Emily used to white wear dresses which symbolize innocence but she begins wearing black clothes much like a mourners style of dress after Homer presumably disappears Emilys change in appearance shows that she has become soiled in some sense Ray West further supports this theory Emily had not always looked like this When she was young and part of the world with which she was contemporary she was we are told a slender figure in white as contrasted with her father who is described as a spraddled silhouette Even after her fathers deathShe looked like a girl with a vague resemblance to those angels in colored church windows - sort of tragic and serene The suggestion is that she had already begun her entrance into that nether-worlda world which is depicted later as rose-tinted 149 Another example of Emilys change is also exhibited in how the house begins to degenerate At one time the house was white and emaculate but Emily allows it to become decrepit and dirty It was 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 only Miss Emilys was left
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