1) What examples are there of the theme of light vs. dark in these two stories?
2) What examples are there of age vs. youth in "A Rose for Emily"?
3) What are the author's messages with regard to the themes of good vs. evil, age vs. youth, light vs. dark, or life vs. death in both stories?
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1. As you note light/dark images within the Faulkner piece, Miss Emily's house is always conjured with darkness to suggest the sinister mood and plot events with "It was a big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies, set on what had once been our most select street." Her house is also aligned with dark as it was "lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps-an eyesore among eyesores."
Darkness also permeates her characterization as Emily is characterized by "a small, fat woman in black, with a thin gold chain descending to her waist and vanishing into her belt, leaning on an ebony cane with a tarnished gold head. Her skeleton was small and spare; perhaps that was why what would have been merely plumpness in another was obesity in her. 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 ...
Light and dark imagery are noted in short stories.