In the short story a “Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner and “Where are you going, where have you been “by Joyce Carol Oates, the narrators frequently uses symbolism. In the short story “A Rose for Emily” Faulkner uses Emily’s old house as a symbol of Emily and her mental illness, also the meaning of the house to the town’s people of Emily’s neighborhood. “Where are you going, where have you been” Oates shows us how music is largely used in the text. The type of Music that both Connie and Arnold listen to is who they are. Connie uses it for her fantasy world and Arnold uses to manipulate Connie. Emily’s house that is very similar to her is a structure of a memorial, the only remaining of a symbolic representation of the past. The house “It was a big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies, set on what had once been our most select street. But garages and cotton gins had encroached and obliterated even the august names of that neighborhood; only Miss Emily’s house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps-an eyesore among eyesores (pg204). The house is an extension of Emily. It is a tradition but now it’s out of place because of the society that has changed around her. The house, like its owner, is an object of interest for them. They create their own interpretations of the inside of Emily’s torn down house. While Connie was talking to Arnold in front of her home the music was always in the background. The narrator makes it known that music was something to depend on. Throughout the story music is being played out of radios in cars and home. Connie who seems to be associated with the feeling of sexual beings has devoted herself to music expressing how she feels about boys “the insistent...
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