Essay on Rose for Emily

1549 Words Dec 21st, 2005 7 Pages
Escaping Loneliness In "A Rose for Emily," William Faulkner's use of setting and characterization foreshadows and builds up to the climax of the story. His use of metaphors prepares the reader for the bittersweet ending. A theme of respectability and the loss of, is threaded throughout the story. Appropriately, the story begins with death, flashes back to the past and hints towards the demise of a woman and the traditions of the past she personifies. Faulkner has carefully crafted a multi-layered masterpiece, and he uses setting, characterization, and theme to move it along. Miss Emily's house as the setting of the story is a perfect metaphor for the events occurring during …show more content…
Even though the outside may still be somewhat beautiful and dominating with it's classic structure, the inside of the house smelling "of dust and disuse" and with furniture in which "the leather was cracked" (622)shows that the admirable elegance Miss Emily portrays is just a façade. From the "tarnished gilt easel" holding her fathers picture and the "tarnished gold head" of her cane to the "dim hall from which a staircase mounted into still more shadow" Faulkner uses the interiorof her house to allude to Miss Emily's flawed, dark and decaying mind. Miss Emily's appearance on her deathbed with "her gray head propped on a pillow yellow and moldy with age and lack of sunlight" (627) not only resembles the objects in her house covered in dust but also prepares the reader for the climax of the story. In the final scene when the townspeople find Homer in the room with "curtains of faded rose-color" and "rose colored lights" (627), the dark side of Miss Emily's rose-colored world is unveiled. Her obvious loneliness, recorded by the indention on the pillow next to Homer's body, makes her sin almost forgivable. Whereas the past was focused in class structure and respect, the new generation was only focused on "the books." An example of this clash is evident in Miss Emily's tax situation. Colonel Sartoris, assuming she couldn't afford

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