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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2023, 6(12); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2023.061216.

Analysis of the Symbolic Meaning of “Death” in A Rose for Emily


Miaomiao He

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Miaomiao He

Binhai College of Foreign Affairs, Tianjin Foreign Studies University, Tianjin, 300270, China


William Faulkner is good at telling the stories of the Old South, A Rose for Emily is one of his masterpieces. This essay has systematically explored the symbolic meaning of the death of the three major characters by analyzing the symbolic meaning of them. Emily and her father died of natural causes, implying that the old traditions are inevitably to fade away. The old values are bound to withdraw from the stage of history. History has its laws and the development will not be changed by personal will.


William Faulkner; A Rose for Emily; Emily; Southern Belle

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Miaomiao He. Analysis of the Symbolic Meaning of “Death” in A Rose for Emily. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2023) Vol. 6, Issue 12: 101-105. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2023.061216.


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