Alternative Titles for "A Rose for Emily"What do you think is a good alternative title for "A Rose for Emily"? [question originally posted in the Q&A section by sickadema]

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lewismct eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I cannot think of a better title given the shades of meaning for the word rose.  The rose is most often thought of as a symbol for love in which case Homer is the "rose" or love for Emily.  However, there is another meaning of rose to consider.  In Medieval times the rose was used as a sign of silence or secrecy.  A rose was hung from the ceiling at a meeting of secret societies indicating a demand for discretion.  The rose in the title of the story could therefore stand for Emily's secret; that is Homer her "rose" whom she cherished, loved and kept to herself even after his body was corrupted by the decay of time.

gbeatty eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Alternative Titles for "A Rose for Emily"

What do you think is a good alternative title for "A Rose for Emily"? [question originally posted in the Q&A section by sickadema]

A good alternative title? How about any of the following:

 "The Hair on the Pillow"

"The Longest Embrace"

 

kwoo1213 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I also cannot think of a better title because I've always felt it was the author's and narrator's way of paying tribute to Miss Emily, a tragic character who is a product of her unfortunate upbringing.  I have always felt sorry for Miss Emily because of how her father treated her.  All she wanted was human companionship and she was denied it for so long.  

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What about "A life worth dying for"? A bit corny I know, but perhaps expresses the strange "life" that Miss Emily lives and the way she has actually, symbolically at least, "died" so long before she begins to live.

Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator| Certified Educator

How about "The Gulity"?  This title, like its original could have multiple meanings.  The townsfolk?  Homer?  Emily's father?  Emily?

renelane eNotes educator| Certified Educator

How about: 

 

"The Spinster's Revenge"?

"Strange Bedfellows" ?

kwoo1213 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that this would probably take away from the aim of the story, which is a tribute to her. 

alexb2 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

How about "The Man in the Bed"?

or: "The Kindness of Strangers" 

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I like "A Feather in the South's Cap"

 

goleygrl223 | Student
In reply to #1: What about "for the love of dead the dead"? because Emily keeps the people that have died in her house with her
mahaibrahim | Student

why not to be " The late Truth " because we cauld find the truth at the end of the story , and the truth was the climax of the story

enhiii | Student
Alternative Titles for "A Rose for Emily"

What do you think is a good alternative title for "A Rose for Emily"? [question originally posted in the Q&A section by sickadema]

  Beauty's Innocence

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