No one leaves Miss Emily. Miss Emily feared those she loved of leaving her. As she clung to the past, even one in which she created in her own mind, she morphed her own denial into a life for herself. She refused death in any form. Her mind tried to survive a state of mind in which abandonment was lethal. As her internal psychosis set in, she robbed herself of a life while trying to erase the thought of her loved ones’ deaths.
Emily Grierson came from the most prominent family of her town. Although she rarely left the house or socialized with the townspeople, they were fascinated by her seemingly quiet life. She was a peculiar woman, never married and never looking. The Griersons held themselves very high in their community and thought of themselves as better than others. It is through this conditioning that Emily first begins to train her mind to abolish separation. She believed that if her family was her only suitable associates, she best not let them leave her sight. Emily rarely left the house and did not socialize with the ladies or men of her town. It is when she purposefully segregates herself that she starts her eventual spiraling psychosis.
As years went on Emily’s mental state deteriorated slowly. When Emily’s father died the town knew, but Miss Emily knew no such thing. Although the physical realization was obvious, the woman sat with her deceased father in the parlor for nearly three days. When the town was finally allowed inside the house, she showed “no trace of grief on her face” and “told them her father was not dead.” Emily was resorting to a mental self-medication, a psychosis in which to treat her pain. By denying what might be devastating, she lived in a “distorted or non-existent sense of objective reality.” As the townspeople stated, the smell of a decomposing body is unmistakable. It is not that Miss Emily turned a blind eye to reality, but that she had “delusions that they [Emily] believe are real, and may behave and communicate in an inappropriate and incoherent fashion.” It is clear that Miss Emily certainly behaved in what was incoherent to the town, but to her she was merely trapped in her own desire to cling to her sense of comfort.
After her father’s death and the townspeople’s taking of his body, she was “left alone, and a pauper, she had become humanized.” She felt alone and despite her need to hang onto the lives of her beloved, she in turn withdrew from her own. She did not leave her house often and released her inner paranoia. Emily knew that going out to socialize with the world around her could be toxic. She was aware that although she yearned for love and affection, becoming close to another human being could mean abandonment and heartbreak once more. One may wonder why it was she felt this way, but her mental health revealed “an unfounded… distrust of others… reaching delusional proportions,” a clear symptom of paranoia, another thing spiraling from her psychosis.
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