Significant Quote: “Alive, Miss Emily had been a tradition, a duty, and a care.”
The plot of “A Rose for Emily” shows the later years of the main character, Emily Grierson, with flashbacks to her life interspersed between. It begins with the reader learning of her passing, developing into a story that provides insight in to her reclusive nature and past dealings with family as well as the town of Jefferson. Due to her reclusive nature and high standing in society she is often gossiped about by her fellow townsfolk. Throughout the story, the reader is told about her overbearing father, her reluctance to change her ways for the town of Jefferson, and her new love interest Homer Barron. With hints of foreshadowing and learning about Miss Emily’s past problems with letting her deceased father go, the reader finds the story ending at her funeral with the discovery of the body of Homer Barron kept in her house. Miss Emily did not want to lose her new love, so she poisons him and keeps his body around, letting her maintain a relationship with him even though he has passed on.
Emily Grierson – A young southern belle who adored her father and becomes a shut in after his passing. Set in her old ways, she is a constant focus of the town’s gossiping ways due to never leaving her residence and having a list of potential love interests rejected by her father in her younger years. As time goes on she is maintained by her single servant and eventually falls in love with Homer Barron.
Colonel Sartoris – The mayor of Jefferson in the year 1894, Colonel Sartoris is very protective of Miss Emily and even conjures up a story to stop her from paying taxes to the city due to a fictitious series of loans her father made to the city.
Judge Stevens – The new mayor of Jefferson. Judge Stevens realizes there is nothing he can do to change Miss Emily’s ways and enacts a plan to keep some of the frequent complaints at bay by cleaning up her property (by spreading lime to cover the smell coming off of her property).
Tobe – Miss Emily’s loyal house servant, seldom seen and generally only comes out when attending to visitors or out getting groceries for the property.
Mr. Grierson – Miss Emily’s overprotective and controlling father. Mr. Grierson seems to be engrained in the mind of Miss Emily even after her death, causing her to become a shut in and turn away from most social aspects of her life.
Homer Barron – A northern born man, with big, dark features, a big voice and light eyes. He is shown to be a potential love interest of Miss Emily, taking her for Sunday car rides and spending time locked away in...