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Character Analysis of Emily Grierson in A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

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Character Analysis of Emily Grierson in A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

Emily Grierson, referred to as Miss Emily throughout the story, is the primary character of ‘A Rose for Emily,’ composed by William Faulkner. Emily is born to a happy, stylish family at some point during the Civil War; Miss Emily utilized to live with her father and servants, in a big embellished home. The Grierson Family considers themselves remarkable than other individuals of the town. According to Miss Emily’s dad none of the young kids appropriated for Miss Emily. Due to this mindset of Miss Emily’s dad, Miss Emily was not able to establish any real relationship with anyone else, however it was like her world focused on her daddy.

When her father passed away, it was a devastating loss for Miss Emily. The lines from the story ‘She told them her dad was not dead. She did that for three days,’ (Charter 171) communicates the message that she attempted to hang on to him, even after his death. Although, this was a sad minute for Emily, but she was freed from the control of her father. Instead of happening with her life, her life stopped after death of her daddy. Miss Emily found love in a man called Homer Barron, who came as a professional for paving the walkways in the area. Miss Emily was seen in buggy on Sunday afternoons with Homer Barron. The entire town believed they would get married. One could understand this by the sentences in the story? She will marry him,?? She will convince him yet,? (Charter 173).

On the contrary side, Homer Barron, although ironically Emily’s only love was the specific opposite of Emily. The sentence in the story? Whenever you heard a lot of chuckling anywhere about the square, Homer Barron would be centre of the group,? recommends that Homer Barron is an enjoyable caring individual. While, Emily comes out of the house very couple of times, and is never ever seen having fun with people. When Emily proposed Homer Barron for marriage, Homer refuses to wed Emily, as he did not wished to overtaken by time and become dull as Emily would have wanted. Therefore, Emily toxins Homer Barron and killed him and kept him permanently with her.

Emily?s life has actually been overtaken by time. And she has actually stopped the passage of time. The passed passage of time develops a stress in her life. In the beginning she can not accept the death of her father. After that she develops stress in the community by refusing to pay the taxes. When the aldermen go to her home to gather the taxes, she declines to pay and tells? I have no taxes in Jefferson. Colonel Sartoris described to me.? (Charters 170) The halted passage of time causes her not to even recognize Colonel?s death. Emily likewise winds up killing; her only love Homer Barron due to her stubbornness. And ironically, maintains Homer Barron?s dead body for 30 years in her house. Emily?s dad kept her sheltered longer than she was required. When she was released, she was under the burdens of relationships and love. When she understood Homer would leave her, she killed him and kept him forever.

Bibliography:

Faulkner, William. “A Rose for Emily.” Literature: An Intro to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Ed. X.J. Kennedy. New York: Harpers Collins, 1991.

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