The author of the story has used ample metaphoric and symbolist phrases to relay on the story. This has created a real time picture about the circumstances surrounding Emily’s death and the state that she lived her life in after her father’s demise./ the writer has used phrases like “It smelled of dust and disuse–a close, dank smell.” (‘A Rose for Emily’, Faulkner) to describe Emily which conjures a very realistic and accurate image of Emily and her appearance which otherwise would have been difficult to comprehend.
The description continues on to say that “Her skeleton was small and spare” and “She looked bloated, like a body long submerged in motionless water, and of that pallid hue. Her eyes, lost in the fatty ridges of her face, looked like two small pieces of coal pressed into a lump of dough as they moved from one face to another while the visitors stated their errand.” (‘A Rose for Emily’, Faulkner) This description clearly illustrates how Emily was very depressed, so much so that it showed in the neglect that she has left her appearance and her house to. The house which was the abode of Emily has also been described in a manner that it symbolized depression and death.