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A Rose the Universal Symbol of Love In William Faulkners A Rose for Emily Miss Emily Grierson is a lonely old woman living a life void of all love and affection although the rose only directly appears in the title the rose surfaces throughout the story as a symbol In contemporary times the rose also symbolizes emotions like love and friendship The rose symbolizes dreams of romances and lovers These dreams belong to women who like Emily Grierson have yet to experience true love for themselves Throughout the life of Emily Grierson she remains locked up never experiencing love from anyone but her father She lives a life of loneliness left only to dream of the love missing from her life The rose from the title symbolizes this absent love It symbolizes the roses and flowers that Emily never received the lovers that overlooked her The domineering attitude of Emilys father keeps her to himself inside the house and alone until his death In his own way Emilys father shows her how to love Through a forced obligation to love only him as he drives off young male callers he teaches his daughter lessons of love It is this dysfunctional love that resurfaces later because it is the only way Emily knows how to love When Homer Baron a construction worker comes into Emilys life he sheds hope into her life He offers Emily a chance to feel love and to receive the affection she has previously only dreamed of Together they take Sunday carriage rides and for awhile the towns people seem to think that Emily will finally wed It appears to them that Emily has finally found her rose Emily then sets out to fulfill the ultimate form of the rose dream that of marriage She purchases a mans toilet set in silver with the letters HB on each piece and a complete outfit of mens clothing including a nightshirt However Homer
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