Problems In A Rose For Emily

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A Problem for Emily As a class, we have read many short stories. Some of these stories focus on death, love, family, or a variety of other ideas. Out of every tale we have covered, may favorite so far has been, “A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner. The lack of clarity during my read, the interesting characters, and the twists and turns that the plot held really pulled me in allowed me to become invested in reading. In this story, Faulkner shows that forbidding change can lead to problems with accepting the fantasies of the past and the realities of the future. Starting from the beginning of the plot, you can tell that Miss Emily is a well know person in this town, but not exactly for the right reasons. The statement, “When Miss Emily Grierson…show more content…
This love connection between a Southerner and Northerner sparks controversy all over town. The view of this tale is told from a townsperson, and they talk up Homer in a positive way saying he was a handsome and well-known man that liked to hang out with the guys, and he made everyone laugh when he was around. When Miss Emily enters the picture, their views change. They declare, “At first we were glad that Miss Emily would have a love interest because the ladies all said, ‘Of course a Grierson would not think seriously of a Northerner day laborer.’ But there were still others, older people, who said that even grief could not cause a lady to forget noblesse oblige—without calling it noblesse oblige” (Faulkner, 1931). They are saying that they feel sorry for Miss Emily. Not even grief can make her fall in love with a man less privileged than someone of her stature, but she is head over heels anyway. In Hector’s case, this just means that being from the North is less superior to the Southerners in Miss Emily’s town, and they do not approve of the relationship. No one is willing to change their values, and it puts a dim light on the relationship of Miss Emily and Hector. Having this love interest allows the plot to take an interesting…show more content…
Miss Emily visits the druggist and demands that he hand over a bottle of arsenic, or very strong poison. By law he is required to know what the poison is for, but instead of telling him, Miss Emily coldly stares into his eyes until he obeys. Her position in the community allowed her to manipulate the druggist to get what she wanted, even though the normal citizen would not get by so easily. As the story unfolds, we read that a dead body is found in the old house after Miss Emily’s death. 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. She wanted to be with Hector so bad that her only option was to kill him. To make matters worse, the residents find a long gray hair and an indent of a human body next to the pillow near the corpse. Miss Emily could not surrender her love at all, that ultimately she slept next to the dead body of the man she poisoned. The fear of letting go causes Miss Emily to
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