A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner: Miss Emily's Real Identity

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Miss Emily’s Real Identity
In the story A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner, Miss Emily Grierson is a single woman shut off from society her whole life by her father. When her father dies, her life crumbles and she is ultimately driven mad. Miss Emily is a very complex person, whether it is her physical appearance, her thoughts, feelings, actions, and especially her relationships.

When it comes to Emily’s physical appearance, she is not just a basic character with basic features. The imagery is amazing in this story, not only in her features but in every aspect, and you are able to see everything he writes. When Faulkner sets her characteristics, it sounds as if he is describing a dead body. He writes, “She looked bloated, like a body long submerged in motionless water, and of that pallid hue. (595)” As if to say she looks like a corpse; pale and swollen. When explaining her facial characteristics, one imagines a snowman. He writes “Her eyes looked like two small pieces of coal pressed in to a lump of dough (595)” which makes one think of a snowman’s eyes but when he says the word dough, it is easy to imagine. When he writes, “her eyes were lost in fatty ridges of her face,” it makes one think she is either old or has aged with stress (which is likely) since another word for ridges is wrinkles. Another way he explains her is as having a small skeleton which he says makes her look obese instead of just plump; which just means she was short, but if she were tall she would not look as big as she did. When the Board of Aldermen visited her house, they or he described her as if in mourning. She was dressed in all black with a thin gold chain and had a cane with an old gold head. Labeling her with wrinkles or lines and a cane, makes one to believe she is older. Overall, Emily is a short fat woman that dresses with age.

Miss Emily is surrounded by history and a house just like her. When house is described as what in modern terms would be called a mansion, set on...
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