“A Rose for Emily” and “Everyday Use” uses symbolism inrevealing the most relevant parts of the narratives. Both authors usespecific features from their setting, which they connect to the themeof the stories.

In “A Rose for Emily”, the protagonist’s house is symbolic ofher character. It is traditional, stubborn and isolated. Emily’shouse depicts the fortitude of tradition, when compared to the modernlife of other people in her neighborhood. It seems isolated from thegasoline pumps, as well as different industry trappings. The house,similar to the owner attracts individuals from the town. Emily’spassing away acts as an opportunity to get into the house, just asthe death informs on why the character isolated herself from society.She had too many memories in the house, which she could not let go,including a dead body of the man she adored. Similarly, in “EverydayUse” the yard is a representation of space that does not harborchallenges and a regretful life, which has filled Mama’s life.Mama, just like Emily prefers staying in her house, opts to spendtime in the yard instead of the house. The yard represents safety tothe protagonists.

is also apparent in the strand of hair in “A Rose forEmily”. It reminds Emily about her lost love. The narratorforetells about the hair as he narrates the outward changes in Emilyas she ages. The hair becomes grizzled and eventually iron gray. Inthe end, it becomes the last trace of her life, similar to the bodyof the protagonist’s previous lover. This compares to the use ofthe symbol quilts in “Everyday Use”. The narrative concentrateson the connection amid females from diverse generations, as well astheir persevering heritage symbolized through the quilts created inunison. The quilts signify history. They are fabric documents, whichrecord the lives of different generations as well as their problems.The problems include conflicts and famine.


The authors use different tones in narrating their stories. In “ARose for Emily”, the tone is ironic, optimistic and angry. Theironic tone is apparent right from the title of the narrative. Emily,as described in the story, is a woman who is given thorns on a dailybasis, instead of roses. She also gives thorns in return. Thornsreferring to the bad way people treat her, and she strikes back inthe same manner. The townspeople gossip Emily a lot, to the extremethat others long for her passing away. It is apparent in thenarrators recount on how the townspeople expected her to take herlife, which they deem as a good thing. Anger is apparent in thesociety, which is quick to judge the protagonist for murdering. Theoptimism derives from the title, where the author asks society toassume they were undergoing the similar issues as Emily. Hence,giving her a rose becomes the better alternative to judging herlifestyle.

“Everyday Use” comprises of a contemplative and faintly amusedtone. The narrator thinks about many issues, which are historic. Asthe story unfolds, everything the protagonist comes across is herreminder of her former life. An illustration is Maggie entering theyard, which makes the narrator contemplate on the fire in theirprevious home. The protagonist, Mama, also contemplates on the fire’seffect on her children, especially how Dee relates with Maggie. Thisfurther compels her to ponder on the elegant dress Dee desired towear during graduation. Mama is waiting for Dee and following herarrival, the tone changes to faintly amused. She stops to contemplateon her past, and concentrates on informing of the meeting with Dee.


The authors use the similar structure. Similar to most goodnarratives, the authors start with the opening situation,disagreement, problem, climax, anticipation, denouement and the end.

In “A Rose for Emily”, the tale opens as readers shift from aburial to the narrative on taxes. The disagreement arises as MissEmily refutes to pay tax, which makes it possible for the narrator toinform us more on her life. There are many disturbing things aboutEmily, including her fear of being left by the boyfriend, whichcauses her to murder him. The problem arises from how the townspeopletreat Emily as she starts dating. They expect her to act as asouthern woman, causing her to become more isolated. The climaxhappens halfway the narrative with the warning ‘for rats’. Thenarrative presents Homer as a rat, which Emily felt okay to kill.Suspense becomes evident when Emily purchases the arsenic, whichcauses the townspeople to wonder if she will get married to Homer.Denouement is the following forty years. The narrative unfolds byinforming on Emily’s life in forty years from Homer’s vanishingto her burial. The story ends as the people from the town go into thebedroom, closed for forty years.

In “Everyday Use”, the narrative starts with the narrator waitingfor the daughter’s arrival. The daughter, Dee’s arrival causesconflict amid her and the mother and sister. Following her arrival,she behaves abnormally by taking weird pictures and states that hername has become Wangero. She as well becomes preoccupied about thebutter churn, causing her to disagree with the sister, Maggie. Theclimax is when Dee intends to take Mama’s quilts, but Mama claimsthat they have been spared for Maggie. It is a major turning point,which interrupts how the three characters relate. The denouementhappens as Dee prepares to leave. Although she speaks rudely toMaggie and the mother, the conflict seems to end. The narrative endsas Mama and Maggie progress to pass time in the yard.