After reading the story, A Rose for Emily, I set the book down and thought about the story for a bit. I found that there was a lot of symbolism used in the story. From the information gathered, I decided to write about how the author compared the house to Emily so much. Instead of giving my opinion of why I didn't like the story much, I am going to take a different route in my journal this week. I am going to interpret the symbolism of the house to the main character in the story which is Emily.
In its prime, the Grierson house is described as a "big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies, set on what had once been our most select street" (Faulkner 484). This sentence in the story was to impress and gather the attention of the other townspeople. When reading this, the reader's attention imagines the biggest, most beautiful house on the block. Similarly, Emily Grierson was a wealthy woman. She had a servant that would take care of her every need. It appeared as though she was very happy with everything before her father died. Their appearance on the outside looked to be the same. As the story advanced, the reader is clearly made aware of the physical decline of both the house and Emily. The house is described now as "smelling of dust and disuse - a close, dank smell" (Faulkner 484). Emily's own aging is given when her voice in similarly said to be rusty from disuse. Her hair was described as, "vigorous iron-gray, like the hair of an active man" (Faulkner 489). She was indeed wearing down as was the house. When Emily finally died, "the house filled with dust and shadows" (Faulkner 489).