Imagery in "A Rose for Emily" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Imagery in "A Rose for Emily"
An analysis of how imagery brings out the theme of isolation in Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily".
# 35817 | 650 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 22, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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The paper analyzes how William Faulkner's story "A Rose for Emily" makes use of imagery to depict death and decay and the transition of Emily to insanity and ultimate death due to the isolation she faces from society. The paper discusses how dependent on her father from her childhood, she becomes an emotional cripple by his death, unable to deal with her loneliness and unable to exist all alone. The paper highlights how the imagery used shows that her downfall came through her father's attitude and society's gossip.

From the Paper:

"Consider the last paragraph of "A Rose for Emily". Faulkner uses imagery to cause disturbance in the reader. A dead man is described in a most unusual way. The man is pictured lying in bed with a "fleshless grin." The description is gory and the picture that comes to mind is a skeleton lying in bed and has obviously been dead for quite some time. The body lay there ready for 'embrace' and thus, preserved in the thoughts of love. He had been laid into a "sleep that outlasts love." The whole concept of keeping a dead body in the bed in order to embrace love them, and everything else imaginable, is disturbing to any reader. The image of the process of decay frames the mind and is not soothing. The insinuation that Ms. Emily is the one who placed the dead body there, is even more disturbing. Faulkner's imagery helps him portray the sickening idea of embracing and having sex with a cadaver. Faulkner's story is about death and dying. IT is less about physical death and more about the spiritual, mental, and social decay. The narrator tells the reader that, "when Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to the funeral..." The story begins with physical death and as time progresses death in other forms is seen to emerge."

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