Faulkner’s "A Rose For Emily" is told by a resident of Jefferson, Mississippi, a town in which the Grierson family is the closest thing to true aristocracy. To the outside world it might have appeared that Miss Emily Grierson grew up wealthy and happy, however it was a lonely life for her father ruled Emily with an iron fist, turning away every suitor. No man was good enough for his daughter. The first thing Emily did after her father’s death was find a boyfriend named Homer Barron. She went out driving with Homer, and bought him expensive and personal things like a silver toilet seat and a nightshirt. The towns people assumed she had secretly gotten married because with her father dead, a big social wedding would be in bad taste.
Emily’s thoughts were a mystery to everyone in her town. Her reactions and actions towards the concept of death were unusual for many of the townspeople and the readers. A psychoanalytical critic would view this story about Emily’s psyche, thoughts, emotions and her experiences that led her to be the person she became. The first concept that resulted in Emily being an extremely independent woman was probably due to how strict her father was. He rejected all her suitors and never found anyone suitable enough for his daughter. The next, which was probably the biggest shock for Emily, was her father’s death, where she even kept his dead body for three days because she couldn’t seem to let go. The townspeople then pitied her and all the rumors she probably heard about her and the circumstances that led her to her downfall. The last concept that confirmed her mental illness and strange behaviors was the fact that she killed Homer Barron and slept with his corpse, probably every night.
A Rose for Emily - Her Father is to Blame William Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily tells a story of a young woman who is violated by her father’s strict mentality. After being the only man in her life Emily’s father dies and she finds it hard to let go. Like her father Emily possesses a stubborn outlook towards life, and she refused to change. While having this attitude about life Emily practically secluded herself from society for the remainder of her life.
"Emily is exempted from the general indictment because she is a real lady-that is, eccentric, slightly crazy, obsolete, a ‘stubborn and coquettish decay,’ absurd but indulged; ‘dear, inescapable, impervious, tranquil, and perverse’; indeed, anything and everything but human" (Fetterley 195). In order to be a woman in the South, one must be of a certain character. Any form of decay cannot tarnish this role or character unless you wish to retreat from the consistent status presented to you. Emily was a true incarnation representing the scale that originates in classism. Her character, however, engulfed the women and led the innocence to death in life itself. This immortal figure was a constant shadow hanging over an area of confusion and tradition. A tradition, which allowed Emily to fall deeper into the abyss of retreat and unconsciousness until reality was seen as a complete dream, filled with foolishness.
Emily’s struggles due to her father include “personal grief, a restricted social life, socio-economic decline, and romantic misfortune” combined with “a long history of trauma and repression” (Argiro 445). Coming from an aristocratic southern family, Miss Emily was well off money-wise, but extremely oppressed by her father in the aspects of her romantic life and getting to make friends outside her home. Although, Emily’s strange behaviors are noted throughout the short story, they become amplified after the death of her father. She does not grieve right away, which causes the rest of the residents of her town to speculate why. However, after Emily’s breakdown three days later, the narrator recalls the people of the town remember how Emily’s father would scare away any man who would want her (235). Emily’s mental health begins deteriorating at this moment, as her longing for companionship cannot be held in any longer. After her breakdown, Emily secludes herself to her house more than usual and is described to have gained weight and chopped all of her hair off. And still, she becomes hopeful when worker Homer Barron comes to town and shows an interest with
A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner William Faulkner’s first published story was “A Rose for Emily. He wrote many stories after this but one particular that can be compared to this story is a Light in August. Throughout both of these works Faulkner uses his own events from his home in Mississippi and focuses on the themes relating to the ruins of the Deep South in the post- Civil War era. Also in both of these stories he shows how cruel and hard society can be towards individuals and towards certain races, especially those in love. Most importantly when reading these stories Faulkner focuses on the gulf between appearance and actuality, and the contrast between public and private and the private self.
"A Rose for Emily'; In life people often think that the life they live in is either a good one and do not think that a change would do their life any good. In reality change is good, but Emily in the short story "A Rose for Emily'; thinks that the life she has lived through is the one to keep and does not want to change it even though to us we might think of her life as a tragic and deprived one. The time frame of Miss Emily Grierson to her was the greatest time era, which was the "Old South';. How do we know that she wanted to stay in the time era of the "Old South'; is when the new generation moved into Jefferson and asked Emily for taxes.
William Faulkner is the author of the interesting short story, “A Rose for Emily.” According to Bruce Kawin, “Faulkner [is] one of the great American novelists of the twentieth century, was also a screenwriter. The first of four brother, he was born in New Albany, Mississippi, the son of Murry Cuthbert and Maud Butler Falkner” (Kawin 3). Kawin also suggests that he began his education “in 1919 he published his first poem and entered the University of Mississippi as a special student” (Kawin 3). One of Faulkner’s short story is about Miss Emily Grierson. David Madden reports, “the story of the aristocratic Miss Emily Grierson in a complicated manner, shifting back and forth in time without trying to make clear transitions, the story line itself is quite simple” (Madden 2). William Faulkner’s writing is very clever since he manages to engage the reader’s attention by creating mystery about Miss Emily, by illustrating what she is allowed to get away with, and by showing the horrific ending when the town realizes what Emily accomplishes to do without anyone’s noticing.
Through psychoanalysis, the readers can see Emily as a victim to the expectations that had to be followed by everyone. Her actions led her to do what she did, which was ultimately not her fault. She went through death and isolation which led her to harvest the body of her loved ones. The rumors and gossip about her led her to isolate herself from the town, which made her an introvert. Truly the circumstances that fell in her way and the unsupportive neighbors that she had is the most logical explanation for her downfall, which shows how Emily was never at fault for her
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