What does the title of the story suggest about the townspeople's feelings toward Miss Emily?
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The title is somewhat ambiguous. One gives a rose to a loved one, especially male to female. This suggests that the town loves her, but also that it is somehow a masculine entity to her feminine identity. One also leaves a rose on the grave of someone who is dead. If the town is leaving a rose for her, they are already recognizing she's dead, which, symbolically, she is, long before she dies.
It could also be a trade: a rose for Miss Emily. It also indicates the distance with which she is regarded: this is not Emily, this is Miss Emily. Finally, it refers to the love from Homer that went bad.
Well when someone passes away, people ussually send tons of roses. The title says A rose. Meaning 1 rose. So im guessing they did not like her that much?
A rose is a popular flower symbolizing love, caring, friendship, courtship, peace, respect, etc...
The townspeople admire Emily and respect her as a former aristocrat of society. She is an educator and deserves their care because of all she was forced to endure by her tyrant father. They once seen her as a "monument". "A Rose for Emily" is a dedication to Emily from the townspeople, like an ode is to a great writer.
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