The reader also sees this with the corpse of Homer Barron, except she is the one who inflicts death upon him. As she aged, they saw her only through the windows on the main floor, she had evidently closed off the second floor of the house. There have been numerous interpretations of what Miss Emily stands for; Skinner gives examples of scholars including S. The narrator describes him as a man never meant for marrying. Faulkner opens with Emily's funeral. 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.
Also, out of respect for Emily's deceased and well-regarded father, the county made Emily exempt from paying town taxes. Control and its repercussions is a persistent theme throughout the story. Summary of Part I The narrator of this story is the voice of the town rather than a specific person. Homer leaves town, then the cousins leave town, and then Homer comes back. By telling the story out of order, the reader sees Emily as a tragic product of her environment rather than a twisted necrophiliac. Plot Overview The story is divided into five sections. Once her father had passed, Emily, in denial, refused to give his corpse up for burial—this shows her inability to functionally adapt to change.
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. Emily's relationship to Homer could be seen as an extension of this North-South tension. There is no explanation provided right away, but later the reader can assume that it was used to poison Homer Barron, Miss Emily's sweetheart. Emily's decay is metaphor for the death of Southern pride, the end of old-fashioned values. This creepy element offers a Gothic feel to this story. Part one opens at the time of protagonist Emily Grierson's death. Homer leaves town for some time, reputedly to give Emily a chance to get rid of her cousins, and returns three days later after the cousins have left.
All her father had left behind was the house. The fact that the story begins in medias res or in the midst of the story is an example of manipulation of the chronological order of the story Kirszner and Mandell 65. Due to this inevitability in the portrayal of death, A Rose for Emily is seen as a tale based on determinism, making the short story part of the. She has her servant Tobe follow the same patterns, such as his grocery errands. When Homer came back into town, the people believed that he and Emily was busy spending time together. He develops an interest in Emily and takes her for Sunday drives in a yellow-wheeled buggy. At that time, giving a rose to a woman was common if they had been through a great tragedy.
The second contributing factor to Homer Barron's death was the women of the town. Nobody has been to her house in ten years, except for her servant, so everyone's pretty thrilled to get a peek inside. A writer's choice of words can be the fall or the rise of the author's work. Her cousins departed, and Homer returned to town. The town functions almost as a character—it's traditions, societal mores, history, and prejudices inform a whole lot that happens to Miss Emily and the people she interacts with.
Her potential marriage to Homer seems increasingly unlikely, despite their continued Sunday ritual. When members of the Board of Aldermen pay her a visit, in the dusty and antiquated parlor, Emily reasserts the fact that she is not required to pay taxes in Jefferson and that the officials should talk to Colonel Sartoris about the matter. She refuses to give up his corpse, and the townspeople write it off as her grieving process. Another notable theme is the role of women. Then, the narrator tells us that shortly after Emily's trip to the pharmacy, the town stopped seeing Homer around. No one would be able to take that secret love she had for Homer away even though he would never reciprocate it the same way because of his alternative lifestyle. The connection surprises some of the community while others are glad she is taking an interest; However, Homer claims that he is not a marrying man.
A Rose For Emily In the short story, A Rose for Emily, there are numerous contributing factors to Miss Emily's desire to kill Homer Barron. Part one also reveals part of the reason Emily died alone: Emily's father had turned down most of Emily's suitors. The cousins eventually leave, and not long after Homer returns. Colonel Sartoris - The former mayor who remitted Emily's taxes. Analysis Narration The narration of this story is told from what appears to be the point of view of a single person. 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. He's seen entering Miss Emily's house.
And her father always taught that she was of a higher class than the rest of the town ,so she was continuously reminded that no man was good enough for her. In section V, the narrator describes what happens after Emily dies. The story is told through the eyes of those people ,who live in Jefferson. This means that the story is told by a third person poin of view. They project their own lurid fantasies and interpretations onto the crumbling edifice and mysterious figure inside. This interesting yet confusing vignette is about a girl named Emily Grierson and her inconsiderate relation with the town, a man she loved, Homer Baron, and her Father.
They had not even known she was sick. It is a shrine to the living past, and the sealed upstairs bedroom is her macabre trophy room where she preserves the man she would not allow to leave her. Her position prevents her from ever finding happiness. Emily stuck out from the rest of the town as a figure stuck in the past, desperately trying to cling to old traditions and ways of life. He proposes that Emily did not kill Homer because of her own insecurities, but also because he did not reciprocate her romantic feelings.