Rose For Emily Essay

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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 they were in their glory days, but once Miss Emily’s father died she had no one to take care of her. Which made her mentally unstable and she wasn’t able to maintain the house and give it the proper care that in needed to stay beautiful. Then once Miss Emily stopped taking care of the house and it began to smell the neighborhood no longer wanted it there if it was going to stay in that condition, causing the falling of the house. After Miss Emily stopped her china painting lessons, and stopped coming out of her house for about ten years and she had gotten fat and her hair had turned grey. Her father dying and the man that she loved

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