In A Rose for Emily, how is the description of Miss Emily's house near the opening of the story suggestive of her situation?

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Miss Emily's home is described as a big, square framed house that had once been white but is now a decaying eyesore. The massive home is located on what was once Jefferson's most select street and is decorated with cupolas, spires, and scrolled balconies, which are outdated and old-fashioned. Essentially, Miss Emily's home is antiquated and slowly deteriorating. Similarly, Miss Emily is also a remnant of the past and her appearance reflects her age. Miss Emily and her home symbolically represent the Old South before the Civil War and stand out as eyesores to the newer generation of Jeffersonians. When the aldermen initially visit Miss Emily's home to address her tax situation, she is portrayed as a "bloated," overweight woman, who looks eerily similar to a corpse. Miss Emily's aging, deteriorating appearance corresponds to the decaying condition of her home, which reflects their antiquated nature and portrays them as anachronisms in the evolving town of Jefferson.

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A good solid question. Miss Emily's house " had once been white": like Miss Emily, it has been stained and even tainted by time. (Think of how she became.) It is " 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." Like the house, her style and time have passed. They used to be important; now they are not. What's more "garages and cotton gins had encroached": like the house, she is crowded by change and commerce. She's a relic and out of place. Finally, "only Miss Emily's house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay": the house and its own remain unnaturally flirty despite the time, making it, and her, "an eyesore
among eyesores." Yes, she's repulsive, but so is the town.

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