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A Rose for Emily

            There are many ways to deduce the title that William Faulkner has named this story. Roses are a center of symbolism and have many different meanings. For example, they can mean love or they can mean war. The content and the narrative of the story, support the rose as a significant symbol in the story. Faulkner uses a third person perspective, a narrator, to enhance the actions of Emily. The title of the story has many explanations that show what Faulkner might have meant.
             Faulkner tries to show the rose as the gesture of Emily getting her respect the town failed to offer her. The town was always threatening Emily's privacy. Even after she died, the neighbors wanted to pry her house. Faulkner established that at the beginning of the story. In the story she was only given time that she could never use. She died before she was born. As illustrated in the story, time was consuming Emily faster than she could die. Faulkner salutes Emily in his title by offering her a rose.
             Faulkner arranged his story out of order because he wanted to show Emily everlasting love at the end of the story. Not only had the people in the town but also her father refused to show Emily any affection. Since roses most commonly stand for love, Faulkner gives Emily a rose in the title to show that he is the only one who has any love for Emily. Her father was very overbearing and overprotective and refuses to let Emily out of his sight. His love was protective and drove all other forms of love away, including any husbands. Eventually, he died and left Emily with nothing "no love from anyone. Finally, after many years, Emily found a suitor. But still the townspeople thought he was not adequate for Emily. The townspeople thought it was a sin for Emily to be married to a lowlife worker. Even though Emily was finally given a rose from someone other than the author, the town tried to take it away from her. This leads the reader to the assumption that Emily's relatives drove Homer Barron away.

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