Then we knew that this was to be expected too; as if that quality of her father which had thwarted her woman's life so many times had been too virulent and too furious to die. The social construct of the early nineteenth century created a hierarchy in the South that was reminiscent of feudal times- a nobility of rich and exclusive landowning families, and a peasantry of the general public. Emily stated that her father wasn't dead. He grew up in a small town in Mississippi, which is the setting for many of his novels and short stories. Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the indentation of a head. Tobe, miss Emily's servant, lets in the townswomen and then leaves by the backdoor. According to the narrator, Homer Barron was a Yankee with a big voice and eyes lighter than his face.
Smaller temporal leap time: everybody felt sorry for Emily when her father died. This is what they saw: …a small, fat woman in black, with a thin gold chain descending to her waist and vanishing into her belt, leaning on an ebony cane with a tarnished gold head. The story is known for its themes of death, sexuality, the roles of women, and the tensions between the changing, more modern North and the resistant, more old-fashioned South. A significant aspect to part three is that Emily meets Homer Barron, a single Northerner who is in town to oversee the construction crew making new sidewalks. Faulkner portrays the story in five sections that are out of chronological order, making the story more interesting and compelling as the reader. Grief-stricken and desperate, Emily starts living an even more isolated life, her only connection with the outside world her servant Tobe and few students to whom she gives china-painting lessons.
We believed she had to do that. Rumors had it that the wedding that Emily and Homer were planning would not be materializing. One day, Homer disappeared and was never seen nor heard from again. Nobody has been to her house in ten years, except for her servant, so everyone's pretty thrilled to get a peek inside. The story takes place in the late 19th - 20th century and is set in a fictional Mississippi town of Jefferson. It would also mean that nothing would change in her life, and he would leave her for good. 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.
During the next few years it grew grayer and grayer until it attained an even pepper-and-salt iron-gray, when it ceased turning. Her hair had turned an 'iron gray. He's seen entering Miss Emily's house. The scene quickly backtracks to where we first learn of Emily, and her interactions with the people of the neighborhood. 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.
The story doubles back and tells us that, not too long after her father died, Emily begins dating Homer Barron, a Northerner who was in town on a sidewalk-building project. Inside, they find the corpse of Homer Barron, rotting in the bed. With the Confederate Army defeated, the region as a whole is struggling to find its place and sense of character in a new era. Faulkner goes on in his explanation to tell us that he considered the sum of Emily's life to be a tragedy. A week later the mayor wrote her himself, offering to call or to send his car for her, and received in reply a note on paper of an archaic shape, in a thin, flowing calligraphy in faded ink, to the effect that she no longer went out at all. The narrator also speaks of her father's death, how Emily refusing to accept that he has passed on, actually keeps his body for some time, until the physicians convince her to bury him.
How do Faulkner's concept of time and his understanding of history relate? Miss Emily then instructed Tobe to show the dissatisfied gentlemen out. This is also the view of the Board of Aldermen and of the confederate soldiers, who still believe in the power and shining of the South, which existed before the Civil War. Homor Barron was the gregarious foreman, and the townspeople began to observe him in Miss Emily's company driving on Sundays. In part four, the narrator describes how everyone believed Emily would kill herself with arsenic. . Meeting them at the door, Emily states that her father is not dead, a charade that she keeps up for three days.
Her inability to adapt to change is demonstrated not only in her refusal to pay taxes after Colonel Sartoris remitted them, but by her refusal to have a mailbox when free postal delivery becomes available to the town. The smell went away thereafter. He is last seen entering Emily's house, and nothing is heard of the supposed marriage again. The relationship and conflict between Emily and her father serves as an allegory for the relationship between the townspeople and their Southern traditions. She believes that since she doesn't have any actual friends, there will be no mail getting delivered to her house. And there on the bed was the rotting body of Homer Barron in a nightshirt.
The advanced decay suggests that the body was of Homer Barron. Okay: without further ado: The story begins at the huge funeral for Miss Emily Grierson. Faulkner adapted his concept of time from the philosopher Henry Bergson, who thought that time is a continuous flowing stream, carrying memories from the past, and. Miss Emily's house is old, but was at one point the best house around. Emily had relied so heavily on her father for all of her life; she did not know what to do, or how to live. Nothing was heard from her till until her death at her age of 74.