A Rose For Emily Diction Analysis

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John Goldwire Ms. Jennifer Santi Literature 1b 10 September 2011 A Rose for Emily In A Rose for Emily, William Faulkner utilizes diction to portray the house as Miss Emily. The main character Miss Emily Grierson once had the best house in the neighborhood, and she was known as a mentor like figure, giving china painting lessons, and her father giving money to the town back when he was alive made Miss Emily and himself well known, and liked in the town. As years went on she became an outcast and an eyesore to the neighborhood, along with her house. In the opening paragraph Faulkner describes what Miss Emily Grierson’s impact on the neighborhood and the people in it. “…our whole town went to her funeral: them men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument-“. William Faulkner employs a metaphor here to describe Miss Emily as her house. The word monument immediately drew my mind to her house. Back when the house was first built, it was described as a white house that was the best house on the most select street in their town, and Miss Emily was described as a “tradition, a duty, and a care; a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town,-”. These also make me think of a monument because the town loved both of them when…show more content…
These are words that are saying that the person or item is no longer cared for or wanted. The words faded ink and calligraphy were describing how Miss Emily no longer went out, and how she had grown old, because calligraphy is an old type of writing that was no longer used. Stubborn and decay are describing Miss Emily’s house. Stubborn decay is what was on the house because it was no longer cared for because Miss Emily was no longer fit to keep her house maintained, because after her father died and she found out the man that she liked was not interested in women she wasn’t mentally

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