A rather dark and disturbing short story written in 1931 by William Falkner, “A Rose For Emily” tells the tale of Emily Grierson, a troubled, and mysterious woman who has always been an outsider in her town. The story begins with the funeral of Emily, who had died at 74. Nobody, except her servant Tobe, had been inside her house for ten years, and the story goes back to this last encounter. Emily had had a special relationship with the town which allowed her to opt out on taxpaying because she couldn’t pay, but the newer generation did not like the idea. This is when the authorities went to her house to ask for payment, and she refused straight out.
When Emily’s father died, she refused to accept her father’s death, and kept the body in her house for three days until she gave it away to the representatives for burial. In the next generation, Miss Emily was dissatisfied with the modern culture because she was obligated to pay her taxes that were exempted from her by Colonel Sartoris. Furthermore, the townspeople complained about Emily’s reeking house. She eventually meets and has a light-hearted relationship with Homer Barron. However, she soon discovers Homer does not want a serious relationship with her, so Emily purchases rat poison to kill Homer.
In William Faulkner’s short story “A Rose for Emily” the main character, Emily Grierson, was perceived as bizarre by the townspeople. Throughout her life, she was unwilling to adapt to the changes occurring in the community, such as paying new taxes and admitting the death of her father after keeping him in her home for three days. Furthermore, she murdered her love interest Homer, and also kept his body in her house for several years. This illustrates her severe irrationality and fear of abandonment. As she grew older, Emily began to distance herself from society, and gradually the public reciprocated.
Faulkner uses death as a symbol for both Miss Emily’s life and the ways of the Old South. Miss Emily seems to believe that death cannot win if she clings to the past. In that regard, she reacts to the death of the Old South and her kin by secreting herself away in her old relic of a house. When her father passes away, she is not seen as often as before his death. After her beau, Homer disappeared “people hardly saw her at all” (Faulkner 795).
The manservant was seen "going in and out with a market basket" (Faulkner 76) but she hardly came out of the house herself. Her father's death left her to become more concealed. Finally, the disappearance of her sweetheart, Homer, was the final event that made Emily a hermit. Emily had her manservant to rely on, but he was not enough.
As I mentioned earlier, the townspeople notice a strange smell coming from Miss Emily’s house, but during that time you did not tell a lady that she smelled. Because of the horrible stench, the townspeople went into her house late at night and filled the basement with lime to mask the aroma. Little did they know that they were covering up the smell of a dead body. This again goes back to the fact that Miss Emily cannot accept change. Her father died and she could not let go of him, and then she uses the arsenic to kill Hector because, more than likely, he wanted to leave her.
“ Page 1: Colonel... ... middle of paper ... ...decorated for a bride. Every thing that Emily had bought that day in town ( the toilet set, the men's clothing) was found in that room along with the body of an unknown man and a strand of gray hair on the second pillow next to the body. Was Miss Emily to blame for the death of Homer, or was it the town's fault for never interfering and trying to get her professional help? Every knew that insanity ran in her family but instead of helping her the town pitied Miss Emily and her situation grew out of hand. As a reader of this story I understand her taking Homer's life, she never had anyone to love and when she found Homer she thought he would be the man she would spend the rest of her life with.
Her father, didn’t have enough love in his heart to hold on to his daughter, she was casted out of the house by her estranged father; in addition, to being neglected Hurston, dealt with the periodic moving, against society expectations Hurston survived her harsh childhood. At the age of thirteen, Zora Neal Hurston’s life came to a halt. The woman who she would look to for understanding, support, protection and encouragement, her mother, died. From that point she had no direction in her life. She started writing just to keep herself from emotional and physical loneness.
Father works in a factory, and Mother passed away from Influenza four years ago. But with three children, the money they make doesn't care for them well; and the lack of food and coal for heating specifically is troublesome. Charlie’s father sent her away and as awful as that may sound, Charlie would disagree. She's paid a dollar a week, though it is not as much as in the factory, she lives in better conditions. Though she was away from her family Charlie promised her father to always take care of her sisters.