"And so she died. Fell ill in the house filled with dust and shadows, with only a doddering Negro man to wait on her", crippled by her past and the woman she had become. Miss Emily Grierson lived a life with few loves. She was a woman who loved to be loved, but refused to be abandoned. Miss Emily did anything to avoid the feeling she had when her mother left. Miss Emily is never left alone because the loves she has can never leave.
In "A Rose for Emily", Emily began her life with a mother and father. Emily’s mother is not there anymore but it does not say why. Some people interpret it to believe that Emily’s mother abandoned her,the Student Dictionary defines abandoned as deserted, immoral and lower in rank. Emily felt in many ways deserted by her mother, and lesser for her mother wanting to leave. From the time that her mother left, to the time that Emily died, Emily was afraid that she would again be abandoned. Emily would do anything to avoid people leaving her like her mother did.
The social role that Emily’s mother played in her life was very important to her in the future. Emily’s mother played a “functional position in the [life] of which [she] belongs”, in Emily’s life. The role that Emily’s mother played in her life shaped her future, when she left she changed Emily into a child with issues. Emily’s mothers function in her life “defin[ed] [her]self image, and in particular [her] conception of [her]self as a member of society”. If Emily’s mother would have been there for her life she may have become a lovely young woman, and married a wonderful man that the Griesen name would have been proud of, but she was not.
Growing up as a Grieson would be stressful for anyone. The pressure of being high society elite, and never messing up was constantly upon them. After Emily’s mother left Emily’s father was forced to become both mother and father to his daughter, all the while being a Grieson. He did his best to give his daughter the best life that he could, raising her the way that he thought was right. Although he was there Emily still felt alone, she felt as if she had an owner and not a father.
Emily’s father spent his life trying to protect his daughter from everything. No man was good enough to court his daughter. By not allowing Emily to marry he inadvertently made it so she would be alone when he died. He shielded his daughter from the outside pressures of money. Emily’s father told her that she would never have to pay for anything. Emily lived a life of seclusion under the watchful eye of her father. She began to feel lonely, living in a large house, full of empty rooms, just her and her father.
Emily was shielded from anything and everything; she never learned to live for herself. When Emily’s father died she was left on her own, not knowing how to live without him. She became so distraught over her father’s death that she refused to believe it. Emily held her father hostage, acting as if life was normal with her father’s...