Understanding “A Rose for Emily”

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A Rose for Emily is a short story by William Faulkner. Faulkner uses a narrator to tell the story nonchronologically. Faulkner created a southern city, in his story, much like the one he personally lived in when he grew to be five.

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In A Rose for Emily Emily’s family are southern aristocrats. Emily’s father isolates her. The town considers Emily nothing more than a traditional duty even though they believe Emily is stuck up. After Emily’s father dies, Emily is in a state of denial, She told them that her father was not dead. (Faulkner 1000). Then a man named Homer Barron strolls into town with laborers. Emily takes a liking to him despite the possibility of Homer being a gay bachelor. The town disapproves of this possible union. Conveniently Homer is said to leave town around the same time Emily buys arsenic. Emily refuses to explain the use of the arsenic that she wishes to purchase. The town folk of Jefferson, Mississippi go to Emily’s home after she is buried. The town’s people explore Emily’s home to find a skeleton in a bed. It is implied that he skeleton belongs to Homer Barron. Next to the skeleton is a pillow with a gray hair on top. Is Emily mentally ill or has being secluded by her father and alienated by the town resulted in perverse actions?

Emily’s father issues seem to be the beginning of what will result in perverse actions. It is a strong possibility that a supportive home life could have prevented the killing of an innocent man. Emily’s father not only secluded Emily from a romantic suitor but her family as well. Emily’s great aunt went insane, the kin from Alabama had a falling out with the Grierson’s over land. The kin from Alabama did not even bother showing up to Mr. Grierson’s funeral.

We remembered all the young men her father had driven away,

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