Shrewdly, he hides out until they leave, then comes back. She wears white, a symbol of innocence and purity. Symbols represent ideas or qualities that the author has maneuvered into his or her story that has meaning. Tthe actions of the town drove her to do what she did adn how theycriticized her for not being social when they were the cause of herbeing ostracized. Homer, notably a northerner, is not one for the tradition of marriage. Lesson Summary Faulkner's use of the rose in the title of ''A Rose for Emily'' is meant to be symbolic of his feelings toward the character, primarily that of pity toward the tragedies she has endured in her life. The content lacks meaning or narrative; it just contains the juxtaposition of words in ways that Stein thought were effective.
Within a couple of weeks Homer, is seen entering Emily's house late at night. The word rose in the title has multiple meanings to it. The domineering attitude of Emily's father keeps her to himself, inside the house, and alone until his death. The house grows more decrepit as Emily grows older, which seems to suggest the way the town of Jefferson views her. If Faulkner presented the story in a linear fashion, the chances of the reader sympathizing with Emily would be far less.
. Though she does not commitsucide, the townspeople of Jefferson continue to gossip about herand her eccentricities, citing her family's history. Ultimately it was just a repetition that sounded great to Stein. Much as how glasses tinted rose simply brightened the color of the world in an attempt to cheer the wearer, the use of rose-colored curtains and lights provided a stark contrast to the grim reality. Miss Emily, of course, takes the idea of rose-colored glasses to an extreme: rather than resign herself to the fact that she isn't going to get married, she kills her fiancee and creates a macabre bridal chamber.
When the present mayor and aldermen insist Miss Emily pay the taxes which she had been exempted from, she refuses and continues to live in her house. It is a cover up that symbolizes how the town hides the secrets in that generation Shmoop 5. Stein put words together like this because she liked the way they sounded. But Miss Emily's house is more than a symbol of the former glory of a long-dead way of life—it also symbolizes the stifling power of the society in which she lives. Both Mansfield and Faulkner use houses as symbols of a flawed society in their stories, however the manner in which they use these symbols are very different.
With so many suitors in her youth, it seems inevitable that Emily will accept a rose from one of them, but she never does. The narrator chauvinistically suggests that Emily believes the story because she, like all women, is naïve. Another case of symbolism can be seen in Mrs. She refuses to give up his corpse, and the townspeople write it off as her grieving process. But Faulkner isn't just providing commentary on Miss Emily's interior decorating scheme. The metaphor life is a roller coaster is symbolic because it indicates that there… E. After her father dies, she keeps his corpse for three days and refuses to admit that he is dead.
She is doing what she feels necessary in response to the pressure placed on her by the town. Emily then sets out to fulfill the ultimate form of the rose dream, that of marriage. The chivalric traditions of the Old South become diluted as time passes; so it is that the newer generation of town authorities attempt to exact taxes from Miss Emily—these leaders are not gallant, but they are pragmatic and democratic. She symbolizes tradition and a stubborn clinging to the past, no matter what progress or changes occur. She and her father, the last two of the clan, continue to live as if in the past; Emily's father refuses for her to marry. The references to color identify contradictory messages to those who… In most stories an object can be explained to the reader if the writer uses a symbol to represent it.
Here's a Gothic lit pro-tip: watch out for the houses. Upon a chair hung the suit, carefully folded; beneath it the two mute shoes and the discarded socks. A famous writer from the Mississippi, William Faulkner is the world regarded as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. Emily lives in a timeless vacuum and world of her own making. The term rose-colored glasses likely originated during the Civil War when injured soldiers may have been prescribed glasses with a pinkish lens as treatment for depression. However, the next generation of town leaders came to find the tax arrangement with Miss Emily dissatisfactory; so one January they mailed her a notice of taxes due.
Homer differs from the rest of the town because he is a Northerner. Rather, she focuses on the complex and provocative language. A reader concentrates on the image, first, of the inside of Miss Emily lonely parlor, and then of Miss Emily herself. For most of the story, we, like the townspeople, only see Miss Emily's house from the outside looking in. One day she died, alone.