The rose is attributed to femininity. The rose is also known as the symbol of achievement, completion and perfection. In other words, a rose can be seen as symbolizing the tests and difficulties of life to help find inner harmony, union and happiness. The purity of the rose equalizes the bliss of nothingness and harmony. Faulkner uses the rose as a symbol of Emily and how she lived her life.
Take for example the symbolism of the colors of roses. William Faulkner helps to show the different sides of Emily like the colors of the rose. The white rose symbolizes purity, innocence and unconditional love. She has an unconditional love for her father that was hard for her to let him go. Faulkner states, "The day after his death all the ladies prepared to call at the house and offer condolence and aid, as is our custom. She told them that her father was not dead. She did that for three days, with the ministers calling on her, and the doctors,