Essay Thesis Isolation will drive people to do desperate things The comparable between me and Emily in life . I keep coloring my hair to stay present of my younger life. But my gray roots always reveals the true statement currently. The Rose represent lonely beauty. Protected by its thorns from the Predators . The story never manifests an actual rose for Emily. However, the title itself is symbolic. The rose represents the idea of love since young lovers often give each other roses to express their affections. With so many suitors in her youth, it seems inevitable that Emily will accept a rose from one of them, but she never does. When she meets Homer, it seems like she may finally have true love. That idea is preserved forever when she kills Homer, just as a rose is preserved between the pages of a memory book and just as Homer’s corpse and her wedding day clothes are preserved in the room that she has sealed off in her home Emily’s Hair Emily’s hair is symbolic of her sexuality throughout the story. After her father dies, Emily cuts her hair short, appearing like a young girl though she is in her 30s. Her girlish appearance is symbolic of her sexual immaturity, which now seems destined to be frozen in time since her father has robbed her of many chances to marry. A few years after Homer “disappears” and her last chance to wed has gone, her hair turns gray, signifying the death of her sexuality. To reinforce this symbolism, the townspeople find a strand of Emily’s gray hair next to Homer’s corpse in their would-be marriage bed. Emily is a symbol of the Old South. She resists the changing world, clinging to the past, no matter what progress or changes occur. A rose for emily Cite works References Faulkner and the Short Story: Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha, 1990; Edited by Evans Harrington and Ann J. Abadie A Rose for Emily; William Faulkner