A Rose for Emily
Emily is a woman that has had a hard life. Her family made it so that she was held in high regard in the public eye. She was not suppose to encounter relationships that were below her stature. The town, being the antagonist, drives Emily to her insanity because they will not allow her to lead a normal life. They liked the “show” they were watching a refused to give it up.
The narrator explores how Emily is defined in her position in the town by her
name and her father. “People in our town, [. . .], believed the Griersons held themselves a little too high for what they really were.” (pg.83) Emily’s father had been controlling during her early life and had stopped all suitors from visiting her. “ we had all remembered all the young men her father had driven away, [. . . ]” Emily is forced to live in a house were her father will is paramount to her own. When he dies we understand this lose is almost to much for her to bear. “ Miss Emily met them at the door, dressed as usual with no trace of grief on her face. She told them her father was not dead.” The denial of her fathers death is explained by the narrator: “and we knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will.”
The narrator also explores the way in which the towns people define Miss Emily
as “ a tradition, a duty, and a care, [. . . ]” This definition is narrowly drawn. Her rank is one of the “ representatives of those August names, [. . . ]” When she begins her relationship with Homer Barron, his name shows irony because he is described as “ “ a northerner, a day laborer,”’ (pg.84) the towns people are appalled. “ Then some of the ladies began to say it was a disgrace to the town and a bad example to the young...