Discussinga Short Story
WilliamFaulkner`s "A Rose for Emily"
WilliamFaulkner is a renowned novelist of the South American who was born in1897 and passed away in 1962 having won a Nobel Prize in literature(Anna and Bloom 2). Some of his famous works include AbsalomAbsalom!, As I Lay Dying, and A Rose for Emilyamong others. The author’s short story, ARose for Emilypresents various themes of the Gothic literature that are essentialtoday. The paper aims at discussing the named story highlighting itsallegory, imagery, and symbolism. In addition, the essay will addresssome of the literary criticism concerning the story.
Inessence, Emily’s house is a significant representation in the namedstory. As the narration progresses, the audience similar to thetownspeople, only see the house from the outside while staring in(Faulkner 3). By considering that the building was set up in the 20thcentury, one can speculate that Emily’s father was a well-off man.Besides, one can contemplate that the house symbolizes the moneyreceived from slavery labor. However, the narrator’s presentationdoes not point out to the spread out of an urban center.
Ona different note, the hair, pocket watch, and the stationery indicatesymbols of time in the named story. The author uses these imagerytools to portray how the fight between the future and the pastintimidates to tear the present apart(Bloom 5).The ticking of Emily’s pocket watch shows that her time is amystifying force and one that she was conscious. Besides, the townuses Emily’s hair to note time. Similarly, the stationery is asymbol of time as the letter is shown to be written on an archaicpaper.
Theauthor uses arsenic and lime in the narration as symbols. Ironically, despite the fact that lime was applied on the decomposingbodies, the smell of the decaying corpse only stopped on its own. The arsenic is used as a weapon of murder that the townspeople use tokill a rat (Bloom 10). The lime also shows a futile way of stoppingsomething. It points out to the way the townspeople did their things.
Inconclusion, William Faulkner is a Noble Prize winner novelist who wasborn in 1897. The discussion of his short story, "A Rose forEmily" centers on the use of symbolism, imagery, and allegory.As noted, Emily`s house is a significant representation in the namedstory. Besides, the hair, pocket watch, and the stationery indicatesymbols of time. Arsenic and lime are symbols of a fruitless way ofstopping something.
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