The watch has vanished invisibly into her belt, and her body has figuratively drowned in the motionless waters that connote stagnant time. The physical setting was parallel to the social change that was taking place at the time and could be used to symbolize the breakdown of the old structures that had once held their society up.
The outlooks. She is a girl again even though over thirty. Wallace, James M. The title of the story is "A Rose for Emily.
She is still trying to maintain the role of the southern women, dignified and proper while struggling with all the other issues in her life and dealing with the madness that is said to run in her family. Marriage and death become as inextricable in this passage as Homer is from the bed in which he and Emily lay CS Certainly, she controls this situation instead of the Aldermen.
Besides helping the reader understand the motivations and events in the story, the setting also changed the tone of the story.
The hierarchical regime of the Griersons and the class system of the time where by ordinance of the mayor- Colonel Sartoris, a Negro women could not even walk the street without an apron, had changed into a place where even the street on which Miss Emily lived, that had once been the most select, had now been encroached and obliterated, her house an eyesore among eyesores.
When Emily finally does appear again, she has vigorous iron-gray hair, like that of an active man, until she dies at the age of seventy-four CS