What are the fifteen different objects that contain symbolism in "A Rose for Emily"

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pmiranda2857 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is plenty of symbolism in "A Rose for Emily," not so much through objects, as the characters in the story.  Here is what I found.

Miss Emily is referred to as a Fallen Monument.  She was a last reminder of the old south.  She is also referred to as a hereditary obligation for the town.

Miss Emily's house is like a neglected tomb that no one visits with overgrown flower and weeds.

 The Negro servant in Miss Emily's house lingers like a reminder of the banished institution of slavery, one she dies, he just walks out the door never to be seen again.

Homer Barron, the Yankee, who courts Miss Emily, now finally free of her father's dominating control, and he turns out to prefer the company of men.

He is a representative or a symbol of rejection that Miss Emily was made to feel by her father and now, after he is gone, she is still being rejected by men.

Miss Emily kills Homer Barron or Robber Barron like the rat that he is.  

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