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The Symbolism and Characterization in A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner In the short story A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner the macabre ending is foreshadowed by the storys opening with Miss Emily Griersons death and funeral The bizarre outcome is further emphasized throughout by the symbolism of the decaying house which parallels Miss Emilys physical deterioration and demonstrates her ultimate mental disintegration Her life like the house which decays around her suffers from lack of genuine love and care The author also uses characterization to reveal the character of Miss Emily He expresses the content of her character through physical description through her actions words and feelings through a narrators direct comments about the characters nature and through the actions words and feelings of other characters The unnamed narrator that it can be identified as the town or at least a representative voice from it notice the frequent use of we in a seemingly haphazard manner relates key moments in Emilys life that help to the explore to Emilys character The external characteristics of Miss Emilys house parallel her physical appearance to show the transformation brought about by years of neglect For example the house is located in what was once a prominent neighborhood that has deteriorated Originally white and decorated in the heavily lightsome style Faulkner 315 of an earlier time the house has become an eyesore among eyesores 315 Through lack of attention the house has evolved from a beautiful representative of quality to an ugly holdover from another era Similarly Miss Emily has become an eyesore for example she is first described as a fallen monument 315 to suggest her former grandeur and her later grotesqueness Like the house she has lost her beauty Once she had been a slender figure in white 317 later she is obese and bloated like a body long submerged in motionless water with eyes lost in the fatty ridges
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