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by William Faulkner

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In "A Rose for Emily," how is the "invisible watch" a symbol?

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Nice question! It is a symbol in several ways, and of several things. First and most simply, it indicates how quiet the room is. In that instance, it is barely a symbol, but rather just a sign. However, it becomes a symbol, representing more than just the quietness or Emily 's mode of dress, when put into context. The silence comes from the respect...

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In the book, the "invisible watch" is a symbol representing the endless passage of time and the quietness of the room. The time is always ticking and moving, regardless of any other external influences, even when nobody sees it moving and passing throughout the day and time. The time represents the timeline of Emily and the town lives