Faulkner goes on in his explanation to tell us that he considered the sum of Emily's life to be a tragedy. It starts with the announcement of Emily's death, an event that has the entire town talking. In killing Homer, she was able to keep him near her. Father Richard Moore, the diocesan priest who attempted the exorcism is arrested and sent to court. Thus, she could have murdered him out of affection as well as spite. Was it a failing relationship or was Emily's pride damaged by the local gossip? The reason for his refusal to let Emily court men is not explained in the story. This tool used by authors enhances the way a story is told.
After some time has passed, the door to a sealed upstairs room that had not been opened in forty years is broken down by the townspeople. The death of her father deeply influences her dark attachment to Homer. By finding a single gray hair in the bed, the townspeople discover that Emily had been sleeping with the corpse. The funeral is held at her home, which no one had entered for over ten years, drawing the entire town to attend. Homer was a labor whereas; Miss Emily belonged to a respected rich family.
Graham Cartwright, a medical doctor who attended the exorcism, gives Bruner a cassette tape on which the exorcism was recorded. Shrewdly, he hides out until they leave, then comes back. Unbeknownst to the townspeople until her death, hidden in her upstairs bed room is Homer's corpse. His control over Emily's personal life prohibited her from romantic involvement. It is also revealed at the end of the story that she went as far as poisoning Homer, keeping his dead body in his house, and sleeping next to him as well. By telling the story out of order, the reader sees Emily as a tragic product of her environment rather than a twisted necrophiliac.
He disappears in Emily's house and decomposes in an attic bedroom after she kills him. He stands as one of the most preeminent American writers of the twentieth century. Grierson is a controlling, looming presence even in death, and the community clearly sees his lasting influence over Emily. After his death the city has problems trying to get her to pay taxes and they also have an issue with a strong odor coming from her home, however she would never let anyone inside of it. She shows this flat affect throughout the story in many instances. This has a deep impact on her mental state, driving her to extreme acts such as murdering Homer and then sleeping with his corpse for years. On the dust of the pillow next to Homer they find an indentation of a head, and there, in the indentation, a long, gray hair.
He grew up in a small town in Mississippi, which is the setting for many of his novels and short stories. The town becomes worried she is delusional and ask her 2 cousins to visit her. With no offer of marriage in sight, Emily is still single by the time she turns thirty. She was finally able to break free when her father died, but the town won't let her do it. Emily continuing to sleep next to Homer's body can be seen as the south holding on to an ideal that is no longer feasible. Miss Emily appearance represents a past era, an era in which she masks her privacy in, declining the changing time being passed by.
Homer leaves town, then the cousins leave town, and then Homer comes back. The narrator describes Emily as a fallen woman. The word rose in the title has multiple meanings to it. She had a mental illness, an unavoidable fate, which her father must have sought to finally end by refusing to let Emily marry, which would have continued his line. Social class in the story holds great significance.
Literature An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. The townspeople seem oddly fascinated with Miss Emily as a relic of an older time. The new generation, unhappy with this,decided to visit Emily and tried to get her to pay the debt. Watkins enjoys this story in its entirety, and is impressed by Faulkner's ordering, as building suspense was an important aspect in the response. Within a couple of weeks, the odor subsides, but the townspeople begin to pity the increasingly reclusive Emily, remembering how her great aunt had succumbed to insanity.
The five descriptive words used in the sentence each correspond to one of the five parts in the order they are seen. Only the servant is seen going in and out of the house. After she is buried, a group of townsfolk enters her house to see what remains of her life there. The town spinster who had ceased accepting visitors for ten yearshas died and a huge funeral is held. After her father's death, the only person seen moving about Emily's home is Tobe- a black man, serving as Emily's butler, going in and out with a market basket. The men represent the pity people in the town felt for her, while the women express the coldness towards Emily.
I will in the following paragraphs illustrate the use of the previously mentioned tools in the story. Tobe, miss Emily's servant, lets in the town women and then leaves by the backdoor forever. Part five puts all the pieces together. This critical response by John Skinner explores the interpretations of Faulkner's short story in detail while reviewing the importance of over-analyzing a piece of literary work. They think Miss Emily is too haughty and choosy when it comes to her romantic involvements, and yet when she begins to see Homer Barron they think she is not choosy enough.