During the years of Emily's isolation, he provides no details of her life to the townspeople and promptly disappears directly following her death. Here, a character's fate is already determined no matter how much the individual struggles to change it. They held the funeral on the second day, with the town coming to look at Miss Emily beneath a mass of bought flowers, with the crayon face of her father musing profoundly above the bier and the ladies sibilant and macabre; and the very old men --some in their brushed Confederate uniforms--on the porch and the lawn, talking of Miss Emily as if she had been a contemporary of theirs, believing that they had danced with her and courted her perhaps, confusing time with its mathematical progression, as the old do, to whom all the past is not a diminishing road but, instead, a huge meadow which no winter ever quite touches, divided from them now by the narrow bottle-neck of the most recent decade of years. I will edit this statement. Several Literary critics have proposed different motives of why Emily Grierson killed Homer Barron. Even though Miss Emily's house started to smell like rotting flesh after Homer Barron seemingly skipped town, the community didn't try very hard to figure out if there had been any foul play.
The townsfolk many times show mixed. There was a lot of bizarre stuff about Miss Emily: when her father died she refused to believe it for four days, the summer after her father died, she finally gets a boyfriend when she's in her thirties. 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. What was left of him, rotted beneath what was left of the nightshirt, had become inextricable from the bed in which he lay; and upon him and upon the pillow beside him lay that even coating of the patient and biding dust. The Jeffersonians don't like him much: he's a rough-talking, charismatic Northerner.
A deputation waited upon her, knocked at the door through which no visitor had passed since she ceased giving china-painting lessons eight or ten years earlier. Colonel Sartoris explained it to me. It is possible, however, that considering the nature of the topic, and also the possibility that the narrator was only reiterating rumors, the narrator thought it better to only hint at it, than to outright make such a claim. Unlike Emily, however, Homer swoops into town brimming with charm, and he initially becomes the center of attention and the object of affection. His decision to ban all men from her life drives her to kill the first man she is attracted to and can be with, Homer Barron, in order to keep him with her permanently. When she finally meets Homer Barron she becomes even more the subject of gossip by the townspeople for her disgraceful affair in the small white community. This motive was taken out of context; homer enjoyed being a bachelor, drinking with the guys at the local bar.
The tax notice was also enclosed, without comment. Right at the end of the story, when the door to the house gets opened, the Negro immediately leaves, which indicates that he has got something to hide. The townspeople even referred to her as Miss Emily as a sign of the respect that they had for her. The narrator describes the fear that some of the townspeople have that Emily will use the poison to kill herself. Over ten years pass before she has any contact with the town.
She starts to get lonely and even finds herself crying at night. A motive is not directly stated by the narrator, but as we read the story critically, some reasons can be found, for example: first, Homer was going to deceive Emily, although he was not the marrying type man. I feel like it would be good to add into the article to hear what others think about the short story. In the short story not much is learnt about her later life as she spent most if not all of it inside her house and was only seen walking by a window at times. In Faulkner's short story, Emily is the daughter of a well-respected man. But instead of following after his father he decided to get an. Despite these turnabouts in her social status, Emily continues to behave haughtily, as she had before her father died.
Miss Emily's house as the setting of the story is a perfect metaphor for the events occurring during that time period. Give her a certain time to do it in, and if she don't. Then some of the ladies began to say that it was a disgrace to the town and a bad example to the young people. It could be that he is overprotective because he loves Emily too much. Gray hair at 34 would be a rare condition though not impossible, cf.
Sarty states that his dad was in Colonel Sartoris confederate army. Faulkner implied in an interview that Emily deserves a rose because of the events that happened to her. Third, being bankrupt, being rejected by the people in the town, and being desolate. I don't offhand know of any copies posted there, and am not sure what Wikipedia's policy is for linking to such copies when copyrights are still in force in much of the world. Foreshadowing is often used by an author to heighten the interest in the story. It is an interesting interpretation that you had, though. Appropriately, the story begins with death, flashes back to the past and hints towards the demise of a woman and the traditions of the past she personifies.
The sentence was the one regarding the description of Emily and her father on the porch. Inside, among the possessions that Emily had bought for Homer, lies the decomposed corpse of Homer Barron on the bed; on the pillow beside him is the indentation of a head and a single strand of gray hair, indicating that Emily had slept with Homer's corpse. Pretty soon he knew everybody in town. Emily's father controlled her life up until his death. In the Western tradition, education has always been synonymous with classical education. By the end of the story, Emily's story is seen as a tragedy rather than an atrocity because of what her character has gone through. The construction company came with niggers and mules and machinery, and a foreman named Homer Barron, a Yankee--a big, dark, ready man, with a big voice and eyes lighter than his face.
There are three different motives that can be looked at as to why Emily killed Homer. She poisons him and keeps him locked away in her room; she did not want to lose the only other person she had ever loved, so she made his stay permanent. If this question is bubbling around in your head after … reading the story, a second reading would be a really good idea. It is a challenge to the readers to understand that this story portrays to be a horror, yet it leaves the readers with a vague feeling of what anyone person would feel during the loss of a loved one. Her father dies when Emily is about the age of 30, which takes her by surprise.
And that was the last we saw of Homer Barron. When the town got free postal delivery, Miss Emily alone refused to let them fasten the metal numbers above her door and attach a mailbox to it. We think that applying Booker to her tale presents an interesting perspective. Daughters of domineering fathers may find it hard or even impossible to part from the paternal figure, and Emily may have wanted to preserve him, and not Homer, forever. When we next saw Miss Emily, she had grown fat and her hair was turning gray. We believed she had to do that.