A Rose for Emily
In Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" the character Emily is woman who never learned to be independent. Her dependent behavior is due to her father; his overbearing behavior doomed Miss Emily's future. Emily was raised to be very dependent on the only male figure in her life, her father. The relationship between Emily and her father establishes the pattern that would lead to her future actions toward the male figures throughout her life, Colonel Sartoris, Homer Baron and Tobe. Even though there were few males in her life, Miss Emily was dependent on them at one time or another and was unable to let go of the men that she encountered during her lifetime.
The first male figure in Miss Emily's life, and the one that caused Emily's dependency, is her father. All through Emily's life, her father would keep her close at home and didn't allow her to see other men. One of the towns people describes how overbearing Mr. Greirson is: "Miss Emily slender figure in white in the background, her father a spraddled silhouette in the foreground, his back to her and clutching a horsewhip, the two of them framed by the back-flung front door" Page2 Handout. In this scene we see Emily's father keeping the male suitors away. His actions seem very strange as if he was keeping Emily for himself, suggesting they may have been an incestuous relationship. This course of action causes Emily to rely solely on her father until the day he dies. The death of Mr. Greirson leaves Emily in denial and she does not want to face reality, she tried to keep her fathers dead body. This proves her inability to let go of the first male figure in her life.
Miss Emily's next male figure is one that helps her early in her life after the death of her father, Colonel Sartoris. Sartoris was able to remit Emily's taxes under the impression that the town owed her father money. This act of kindness by the Colonel caused Emily's dependence upon him. Later in the story, the Board of Alderman approached Miss Emily at her house in the attempt to get her...