Discuss the physical descriptions of Emily Grierson @ various points in the story. How do they help characterize her?

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In the her story "A Rose for Emily" Miss Emily is described as a spinster.  However, she was slender and a dainty southern belle when she rode with her father in her years as a young woman.

"Miss Emily a slender figure in white in the background,"

Later on, Miss Emily is described a small framed plump woman.  The author describes her as having a blob like appearance.  Yet, her face is filled with determination and intent.  Her eyes are like black goals tucked into dough.

"a small, fat woman in black, with a thin gold chain descending to her waist and vanishing into her belt, leaning on an ebony cane with a tarnished gold head. Her skeleton was small and spare;"

Years later when she is seen again, she is sickly looking.

After Homer left she had become fat and gray.

"Miss Emily, she had grown fat and her hair was turning gray."

When they saw her next she had grown older and changed her hair style.

"her hair was cut short, making her look like a girl, with a vague resemblance to those angels in colored church windows--sort of tragic and serene."

At the time of her death her hair was still strongly embedded in her hair and described iron gray in color.

"seventy-four it was still that vigorous iron-gray"

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