Symbolism In Thomas Dilworth's A Rose For Emily

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Throughout the reading of "A Rose for Emily "there is many expressions of symbolism. Understanding and able to point out the objects or people and the meaning behind them is very important. Knowing the explanation of each expression will help you understand the author and his or her message towards the audience. In the selection, "A Rose for Emily" some examples of symbolism is a character name Homer Barron, the house, and the rose that is stated in the title. These all have significant meanings behind them that are important to fully understand why Emily acted, felt and explain the reasoning behind each of her actions. The story "A Rose for Emily¨, tells the years of Emily´s life after her father's death and the towns reaction and thoughts…show more content…
He shows interest in Emily romantically although she is a thirty something year old woman. Barron does not seem serious about Emily, Emily not knowing this to her he represents love. In Thomas Dilworth's scholar journal, "A romance to kill for: homicidal complicity in Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" states that to her he was the only insight or example of love since her father ran offed every man that was interested in her. The symbolic meaning behind Barron was long lasting love that Emily craved. As a sign of control of her love in the relationship she poisons him it is not clearly stated but it is inferred after he disappears from the town without a trace. Later in the story it is revealed that his corpse was rotting away upstairs in her bed which explains the horrible smell the towns people were complaining about. When his corpse was found a strand of her was by him. "Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the indentation of a head. One of us lifted something from it, and leaning forward, that faint and invisible dust dry and acrid in the nostrils, we saw a long strand of iron-gray hair."(#,author) This action explains why she killed him because even though Barron was not serious about her she was madly in love with him, he gave her the attention she needed, therefore when he was planning to leave she killed him so won't be
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