What are some possible symbols and the meaning for the title in "A Rose for Emily"?
The unseen rose is one of the dominant symbols of "A Rose for Emily"--hence the use of the word in the title. It is a symbol of love, beauty and romance, and represents Emily herself: a fading flower of days gone by. The color of rose also appears in the final chapter upon the discovery of the valance curtains' "faded rose colour;" the rose also represents death--the color of blood--as in the "blood-kin" relatives that appear just before Homer's disappearance.
Other examples of symbols found in the story:
- Miss Emily's house serves as a symbol of the town's past glories as well as its present state of decay.
- Miss Emily's hair serves as a symbol of the passage of time, from its girlish shortness, cut following the death of her father, to the iron-gray strand that becomes so important in the final chapter.
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