In A Rose for Emily, William Faulkner tells the story as if a narrator who appears to be a citizen of the town with plenty of knowledge of the situation. The town is described as a once wealthy area inhabited by people that held proper disciplined principles and maintained good values in the community, but as every other town, it aged over time, and lost its values. The main character of the story is Mrs. Emily Grierson. Emily has secluded herself from others in town, and it wasn't until Emily’s passing that everyone knew the reality that existed in her life. Emily was once the beautiful daughter of a respectable family. However, Emily's father is extremely overprotective and unable to consider any man good enough to marry his daughter. Because of her father’s overwhelming insecurity Emily was never able to socialize with others in town, and prevented her from finding true love, marrying or having a chance of living a normal and productive life. After her father's death, Emily, now an older woman living with nothing but the family home and the families name, struggles to accept the realit...
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. Her overbearing father controlling her life and pushing everyone away ultimately contributed to the acceleration of her mental instability and sense of control which led to Emily’s gradual isolation from society.
In William Faulkner’s story, “A Rose for Emily”, the narrator shares a message of ill-fated love and maladaptation to the loss of love by Emily Grierson. The story is a tragic depiction of a young women who is prevented from dating by her father because he feels that no one is suitable his daughter. Emily also has to overcome the stigma of having a great aunt who has a mental illness. Over thirty, unmarried, father-less, and an instrument of society, Emily falls for Homer Barron, a northern day laborer, who is new to the community. He is seen by the local society as being on a lower social level than Emily and the relationship is shunned by the local elite.
“A Rose for Emily” is an essay written by William Faulkner in 1931. The story takes place around the late 19th and early 20th century; therefore, during this period in history, there were certain social customs that women had to follow, such as marriage. Women had to obey the laws and rules created by men. Similarity, this story reflects the relationships among the main character, Emily Grierson, a lady from a wealthy, well-respected and proud family, with her father and with the society in her community. Emily’s controlling father, the town people’s gossips, and Homer - her suitor’s rejection drive her insane.
Emily was drove crazy by others expectations, and her loneliness. ““A Rose for Emily,” a story of love and obsession, love, and death, is undoubtedly the most famous one among Faulkner’s more than one hundred short stories. It tells of a tragedy of a screwy southern lady Emily Grierson who is driven from stem to stern by the worldly tradition and desires to possess her lover by poisoning him and keeping his corpse in her isolated house.” (Yang, A Road to Destruction and Self Destruction: The Same Fate of Emily and Elly, Proquest) When she was young her father chased away any would be suitors. He was convinced no one was good enough for her. Emily ended up unmarried. She had come to depend on her father. When he finally died, ...
Later on, the author gets to the time when her father just died. Miss Emily felt so alone that she decided to keep her dead father’s body in the house, and not let anyone take him away from her. After the neighbors kept coming to the city council and complaining about the fowl smell that was coming from miss Emily’s house, the judge sent a few men to put lime around the house to kill the smell. As the reader later finds out, the smell was coming from miss Emily’s father’s decaying body. Finely the authorities took the dead body out of the house and buried it. As the story goes on, the reader is told that the town was being renovated, streets being paved and such. With the renovators, came a young man, by the description, he was a handsome young man. The town kept talking as they always did, gossiping about miss...
She didn’t socialize much except for having her manservant Tobe visit to do some chores and go to the store for her. Faulkner depicts Emily and her family as a high social class. Emily did carry her self with dignity and people gave her that respect, based from fear of what Emily could do to them. Emily was a strong willed person especially when she went into the drug store for the arsenic.
Emily Grierson came from the most prominent family of her town. Although she rarely left the house or socialized with the townspeople, they were fascinated by her seemingly quiet life. She was a peculiar woman, never married and never looking. The Griersons held themselves very high in their community and thought of themselves as better than others. It is through this conditioning that Emily first begins to train her mind to abolish separation. She believed that if her family was her only suitable associates, she best not let them leave her sight. 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.
The plot of “A Rose for Emily” shows the later years of the main character, Emily Grierson, with flashbacks to her life interspersed between. It begins with the reader learning of her passing, developing into a story that provides insight in to her reclusive nature and past dealings with family as well as the town of Jefferson. Due to her reclusive nature and high standing in society she is often gossiped about by her fellow townsfolk. Throughout the story, the reader is told about her overbearing father, her reluctance to change her ways for the town of Jefferson, and her new love interest Homer Barron. With hints of foreshadowing and learning about Miss Emily’s past problems with letting her deceased father go, the reader finds the story ending at her funeral with the discovery of the body of Homer Barron kept in her house. Miss Emily did not want to lose her new love, so she poisons him and keeps his body around, letting her maintain a relationship with him even though he has passed on.
In the story, A Rose for Emily, the townspeople gather around to mourn the death of Miss Emily Grierson. As they gather each person reminisce memories of the woman, whether they were good or bad. Emily Grierson was a settled young lady who lived with an over powering father and quiet servant. Emily was never allowed to date or fancy a man because her father would keep her captive and secluded from any relations. On the day of the father’s death, Emily could not let her father go; therefore she kept her father with her for three days, in denial that he had passed. Time went on and Miss Emily decided it was time for a change. Miss Emily crossed paths with a man by the name of Homer Barron. He was an upstate Yankee worker who was on a job nearby the Grierson home. The townspeople were disappointed because of the Grierson name. According to them, they believed that Emily would never fall for Barron. They were wrong. After a while of going out and having fun, Homer was never seen again. Miss Emily would be seen buying odd items for marriage which made the