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, ...
Most of the time, an object can represent multiple things. In the United States the Bald eagle represents freedom. It symbolizes freedom, because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks. Our soldiers fight for our freedom today. Symbolism explains an object more clearly and it goes beyond the meaning. Colors can also be a symbol. The United States flag has three colors and they all represent something different. White represents purity and innocence. Red stands for hardiness and valor. Blue signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice. If the flag is flown half-staff it represents respect, mourning, or distress.
One can clearly imagine the timid Emily standing behind her towering father. "Miss Emily a slender figure in white in the background, her father a spraddled silhouette in the foreground, his back to her and clutching a horsewhip." Emily's father not only dominates the portrait but dominates Emily as well. Emily's father controls her every move. She cannot date anyone unless her father approves, yet he never approves of any of the few men that do show interest in her. "None of the young men were quite good enough for Miss Emily and such." Unable to find a good enough suitor, Emily has no choice but to stay and care for her governing father.
In Faulkner’s, “A Rose for Emily”, Emily lives in a world of her own making. This is because townspeople in Jefferson holds Miss Emily in such high regards. To them, she symbolizes the customs of the old south, or what the town Jefferson once was. For Emily and also for the townspeople time is relative, the past is an ever-present realm in Jefferson. For this reason people wish to respect Emily and preserve her customs; even if it means intruding into her personal life, or turning the cheek towards her suspicious actions. In the story Falkner introduces the importance of preserving the traditions of an old Southern town. This is done through his choice in literary elements: such as setting, motif, point of view, symbolism, and metaphor.
"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.
In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” is a short unpleasant story. Everybody faces difficult hardships, relationships, and family matters, such as life and death of loved ones. While going through those difficult times people end up having a difficult time by letting go of loved ones. After reading “A Rose for Emily”, Miss Emily Grierson had to experience difficult times in her life. She could not date anybody, her father passed away, she met a soon to be great guy, poisoned him, and end up being alone.
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
Community and culture play a large part in how a person presents them self, and how they are perceived by others. Perception is a very subjective process, and personal biases influence each person’s observations. In the short story “A Rose for Emily,” William Faulkner portrays the story of an isolated and emotionally stunted woman’s desperate attempt to not be alone as told through the eyes of the townspeople. First, Emily is isolated by her father then, after his death, by the townspeople who view her as a monument to tradition and not as a person. In Emily’s desolation, she poisons her lover, and proceeds to hide his body, in her home, for forty years. Many critics have argued Emily’s motivations for Homer’s murder. Hal Blythe reasons that her motivations were to save face within the community while retaining control over their
In addition, Miss Emily experiences loneliness when her father passes away, and therefore the town responds by giving her joyful pity to attempt to comfort her. " She told him her father was not dead...she did that for three days, with the ministers calling on her, and the doctors, trying to persuade her to let them dispose of the body" (Beers and Odell 724). In the story Miss Emily appears to be lonely especially after her father's death because he was in full control and his death creates chaos. Furthermore, Getty states that this story demonstrates how the author " uses the sub-rosa concept only to suggest that Emily's attachment to her father had lasting repercussions " (231). However, her father's death left her heart empty, but it also caused her chaotic decisions in the difficult lifestyle she lived. In conclusion Miss Emily senses loneliness when her father passes away and she does not have much same family members alive to give her a lot of sympathy.
Life is sad and tragic; some of which is made for us and some of which we make ourselves. Emily had a hard life. Everything that she loved left her. Her father probably impressed upon her that every man she met was no good for her. The townspeople even state “when her father died, it got about that the house was all that was left to her; and in a way, people were glad…being left alone…She had become humanized” (219). This sounds as if her father’s death was sort of liberation for Emily. In a way it was, she could begin to date and court men of her choice and liking. Her father couldn’t chase them off any more. But then again, did she have the know-how to do this, after all those years of her father’s past actions? It also sounds as if the townspeople thought Emily was above the law because of her high-class stature. Now since the passing of her father she may be like them, a middle class working person. Unfortunately, for Emily she became home bound.