The narrator tells us twice that Miss Emily is similar to an idol, suggesting that because she was raised to think she is above others, and because others were raised to look at her that way as well, she is permanently cut off from other people. The second is that of the older members of the Board of Aldermen and of the confederate soldiers. The five descriptive words used in the sentence each correspond to one of the five parts in the order they are seen. They were still very conservative inhabits of a Mid-Western small town. Miss Emily becomes recluse and introverted after the decease of her male parent and the alienation from the Yankee- Homer Barron. There seems to be some type of dispute between Emily and the cousins, indicated by them living far away from Emily and the fact that they did not go to Emily's father's funeral.
Both the town and Miss Emily herself, now looked upon Miss Emily as the only remnant of that greater time. It was like Miss Emily was stuck in a particular time in the life and wanted to live like that. William Faulkner sets the mood that our main character is a part of the town, yet uses a collective narration to allow the reader to better see the isolation and separation that Miss. When Miss Emily begins dating Homer Barron, she is trying to free herself from her father's past control, and from the tradition of being a proper lady. It starts with the announcement of Emily's death, an event that has the entire town talking. Emily's family history had informed and isrepresented by her increasingly erratic behavior, and as the timesevolved, other members of the community recognized her and thefamily's historical relevancy as inap … propriate.
She is also not accepting of the changing times and flat out refuses to change with them. Both stories seem to not share any similarities at first glance, especially in regards to their settings and plots. With the acceptance of her father's death, Emily somewhat revives, even changing the style of her hair and becomes friendly with Homer Barron. They also didn't like the unnamed narrator and the fact that the people barged into Emily's house after she passed away. After her death, when her secret is revealed, hers becomes a story that no one can forget. The reader also sees this with the corpse of Homer Barron, except she is the one who inflicts death upon him.
In the introduction of the story the narrator talks about Emily funeral and how all of Jefferson was present because they still upheld her families honor and reputation but, the narrator is critical of the old men in their Confederate uniforms who gathered. Instead, they decide to send men to her house under the cover of darkness to sprinkle lime around the house, after which the smell dissipates. This comparison between the men and women attending her funeral attests to the complex relationship between Emily and the town. This could be attributed to the fact that as the times are altering, they need person to reconstruct or continue their southern pride or stateliness and as she is a Grierson, she is their lone nexus to that yesteryear. Unwilling to pay taxes and committing murder are crimes that she committed and got away with. It took her days to finally let go. 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.
When the present mayor and aldermen insist Miss Emily pay the taxes which she had been exempted from, she refuses and continues to live in her house. And until his death she indeed does not. It is at this point that we truly begin to question if Miss Emily has foul intentions. The town of Jefferson is a fallen legacy. Emily holds the second view as well, except that for her there is no bottleneck dividing her from the meadow of the past. This is shown by her keeping his clothes in the room, keeping his engraved wedding items on the dresser, and even sleeping with him, all acts that normal married couples do. This story also explores how future generations deal with this legacy.
She refuses to give up his corpse, and the townspeople write it off as her grieving process. She sees murder as the only way to keep Homer with her permanently, and she treats him as if he is her husband even after she has murdered him. The South ends its relations with the North in retaliation. Although he was born in New Albany, Mississippi in 1897 he moved to Oxford, Mississippi before his fifth birthday. The narrator describes the fear that some of the townspeople have that Emily will use the poison to kill herself. It was a big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies, set on what had once been our most select street.
Soon, a horrible smell permeatesthe town. At the same time, the townspeople criticize her unconventional life and relationship with Homer Barron. Whether or not this theory is correct, it proves that the story is still being closely analyzed decades after it was written. The Narrator - An unnamed member s of the town who watched the events of Emily's life unfold in its entirety. By understanding A Rose for Emily one can see how much of an impact setting can have on the life of a person.
Homer's body could be the dried rose, such as one that is pressed between the pages of a book, kept in perfect condition as Emily did with Homer's body. Shortly after, she purchasesarsenic and everyone begins to fear she is going to kill herself. However, women were treated the same way. The title of the story suggests that the townspeople have some sort of caring feeling towards her, since a rose is usually a symbol of care or love. You have to look at the small details to figure it out. Tthe actions of the town drove her to do what she did adn how theycriticized her for not being social when they were the cause of herbeing ostracized. When she was alive, she was a charming, exciting and happy woman but when she grew old, she turned into a person who wanted to lead a single life away from people.