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Behind Closed Doors Essay

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Throughout the years many different psychoanalytical theories have proved essential to the way that some authors write their poems or books. In A Rose for Emily the psychological aspect to a writer’s writing becomes very apparent when people finally begin to discover the life that Emily led behind the security of the closed doors of her home.
No one in the town really knew Emily, or how she lived behind the walls of her home because she never let people in. With her death people become curious and wanted to know what the inside of her home had looked like and see everything that she has kept hidden all throughout the years. “When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which no one save an old manservant—a combined gardener and cook—had seen in at least ten years” (144). Emily had never had a chance at ...view middle of the document...

No matter what Emily ever tried to do she was still unable to please the townspeople because she was never good for them. Then it came out that Homer was attracted to men and not to women, which destroyed the future that him and Emily could have had together. “…Homer himself had remarked—he liked men, and it was known that he drank with the younger men in the Elks’ Club—that he was not a marrying man” (148). They were still seen every Sunday riding in the buggy together, but people stilled talked about Emily and still carried on and whispered about her every time they saw her. After a short time Homer disappeared and was never seen again from the townspeople except for the one night when they saw him entering Emily’s house and was never seen after that night.
Throughout her whole life Emily never had it easy, from dealing with a dad who did everything in his power to keep her secluded and cut off from other people, to a society where she was always the talk of the town whenever they laid eyes on her. No matter what Emily was doing she was always trying to please someone and become close to someone besides her dad. She spent her whole life being right next to her father and never had any other influence put on her life from anyone else because he always chased people away. “We remembered all the young men her father had driven away, and we knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will” (146). She devoted her whole life to her dad because she was unable to devote it to anyone else because she never had the chance.
Then she finally met a respectable and life loving guy, who was always the center of attention whenever he was around people. Things started going good again, her dad could not chase him off because he was dead so she finally had to chance to start over. Things never stay good in Emily’s life though, not long after they started going out and seeing each other it came out that Homer liked men and not women. She may not have showed it at first, but as time went on people once again started talking about her and how they all felt sorry for her because of the pain that she was always being put through.

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