Unlike Laura, this was her own family she lacked sympathy for. She never expressed any responsibilty about how her children were going to handle the loss of their father. At the end of the story is the only time Elizabeth expressed concern for her children ... ... middle of paper ... ..., but Laura saw a beauty in death which helped her to see the beauty of life. Elizabeth realized the frightening possibility that life was just an immediate placement and that her reality resided in death. Even though Laura and Elizabeth were uncompassionate towards the families, failed to call the deceased by their names, felt shame and had a life and death epiphany, both women had different stances and reasons concerning their actions.
(Kazin 162) . "In her bedroom, Emily and the dead Homer have remained together as though not even death could separate them. "(Kazin 162) . Even though her lover had been dead for many years, she found her own way for them to remain together. While being isolated in her home, she becomes somewhat of a small legend in the town, after she dies, and her secret is revealed, "it becomes so appalling that no one can forget."
Most every woman in the world has some level of crazy to her; some more than others. In the short story, “A Rose for Emily”, William Faulkner writes about a woman by the name of Ms. Emily Grierson. Ms. Emily grew up living a closed life. Her father didn’t let her get out of the house much which caused severe psychological issues. After her father dies, she lives alone in the oldest house in the neighborhood with just a servant named Tobe.
Years of solitude couldn’t change her reputation. Emily obviously lived a sad and lonely life. Her father had taken every hope for love from her because of the regarded “August” name. I believe because of her father’s death and the sweetheart who deserted her, she realized that she had one last chance to form a new life, and she had a new chance for love (or just companionship). When she reappears after the burial of her father, she has a new look of a young girl.
Her father believed that no one would ever be good enough for his daughter, and thus he turned away all the men that asked for Emily's hand. So, Emily had only her father to protect and take care of her, and now that he is dead, she found herself all alone. She doesn't have anyone to protect her, and furthermore, she's left with no money, but for the house that she lived in. At this turning point in Emily's life, the townspeople turn their back on her, for her suffering seems to give them pleasure, since now "she had become humanized" (31). The difficult t... ... middle of paper ... ...rom the Negro" (34), and so they had no idea about what was going on in Emily's life.
Miss Emily did anything to avoid the feeling she had when her mother left. Miss Emily is never left alone because the loves she has can never leave. In "A Rose for Emily", Emily began her life with a mother and father. Emily’s mother is not there anymore but it does not say why. Some people interpret it to believe that Emily’s mother abandoned her,the Student Dictionary defines abandoned as deserted, immoral and lower in rank.
Emily’s father’s death was a major tragedy for Emily. It seems as if she was in denial of his death. Faulkner explains, “The day after his death all the ladies prepared to call at the house and offer condolence and aid, as is our custom. Miss Emily met them at the door, dressed as usual and with no trace of grief on her face. She told them that her father was not dead.” So Emily would not admit that her father had died.
The product of the Civil War South, Emily never moved past the social customs of her youth, and refused to live according to modern standards. This becomes evident when she accepts the mayor’s hidden charity under the guise of her never owing taxes due to a lie that her father had loaned the town money and this was how the town would re... ... middle of paper ... ... had occurred. Emily’s neighbors refuse to acknowledge this, and instead try to cover the smell up with lime. They try to excuse themselves from finding the real source of the rotten odor by saying it would be wrong to tell a lady that her house smells. Even though they and Emily went along with this charade, it cannot completely disappear.
Also that her mother may be dead or generally not in the picture at all. There is a lot of mystery left to the readers to assume on their own. The story is told from the perspective of the town and it never really mentions any certain person or narrator. It starts out with Emily’s’ funeral, “When miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women out of curiosity to see the inside of her house , which no one save an old man-servant—a combined gardener—had seen in at least ten years” (Falkner 714). It starts with Emily’s death and then goes back in time to her father keeping her secluded, up until his death.
Emily rarely left the house and did not socialize with the ladies or men of her town. It is when she purposefully segregates herself that she starts her eventual spiraling psychosis. As years went on Emily’s mental state deteriorated slowly. When Emily’s father died the town knew, but Miss Emily knew no such thing. Although the physical realization was obvious, the woman sat with her deceased father in the parlor for nearly three days.