In William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" you are captivated by a journey through the old south. Faulkner paints a vivid image through his deceptive writing skills and his gift of captivating his audience by leading them through a roller coaster of emotion and horror as Faulkner narrates a gripping tale through the eyes of the southern towns people of Jefferson, Mississippi. The story "A Rose for Emily" starts off with the demise of Miss Emily's home that at one point in its life was believed to be one of the finest homes in Jefferson, Mississippi and now it lay as an eye sore upon the passing gazes of the towns people who walk the streets. Faulkner's uses the home as one of his many metaphors as to how the old south turned to the new south through the decaying house that Miss Emily lived in, because at one time the old south was the place to be and a beautiful yet redefined place to live. As Faulkner unravels his tale "A Rose for Emily" he uses the unmistakable dark feeling of figurative language, theme, and the towns setting to engulf his readers in what was once believed to be the way America was shaping up to be, but is now just a faint glow in the rear view mirror of a nation progressing forward.
The figurative language that Faulkner uses in "A Rose for Emily" bears a heavy sense of death upon the readers thoughts, even within the first couple paragraphs you feel the message that Faulkner was trying to send out with his description of Miss Emily as being " bloated, like a body long submerged in motionless water, and of that pallid hue." (Faulkner 682) Ms. Emily was in a sense bloated towards the feelings of her father dying and her high regards to her standards in society. The towns people had an incurable urge to understand why Miss Emily thought so highly of herself so they tried with no prevail to pry into her life through any chance they could get, especially with the passing of her... [continues]
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