What figures of speech are used in "A Rose for Emily"?  

What figures of speech are used in "A Rose for Emily"?

 

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Let's define the literary term, "figures of speech."  Generally, what is meant is that either the writer has created an unexpected comparison ("Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?") or when a writer alters the conventional meaning of a word or concept, often by using irony and metaphors. 

In Faulkner's tale, it is irony that prevails as far as use of figures of speech.   When Emily begins dating Homer , the townsfolk are all abuzz, especially the older generation...

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Faulker also uses point of view to create a sense of mystery. Since you do not know who is telling the story you do not know the real truth. Creating a sense of mystery, luring you to continue reading.

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