Isolation And Loneliness in A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner
In many works of literature, some characters isolate themselves from society due
to certain events that happen in their life that make them isolate themselves. Isolation
from the society can cause loneliness in ones life. In “A Rose For Emily”, William
Faulkner suggests that isolation from society can cause people to do unspeakable acts
because they are lonely.
The main character, Emily Grierson lives her life under her father. Her father
thinks that no man is good enough for his daughter. Therefore, he pushes anyone who
comes near his daughter. After living like this for so many years, Emily is left with
nothing after her father dies. “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 ” (417) Due to that fact that her father has driven all the men
who wanted to enter her life, she is left alone after her father’s death. Her attitude
towards men is affected by her father. Therefore she isolates herself from others because
she is used to living under her father which causes her to become lonely.
Miss Emily does not go out for some time after her father’s death until she meets
a man named Homer Barron. They are together for a long time and everyone in town
thinks that they will be married soon. However, after this relationship lasts about one
year and a half, Homer decides that he wants to leave Emily. Emily, having to go
through the loss of her father, decides to kill Homer. “A neighbor saw the Negro
man admit him at the kitchen door at dusk one evening. And that was the last we saw of
Homer Barron. And of Miss Emily for some time ” (419). Emily does not want to be left
alone so she kills Homer and leaves him in her house. This way she still has Homer by
her side. The difference is that he is dead and she is alive. His dead body remains in her
house for a while but no one knows of his disappearance.
After Miss Emily kills Homer a smell develops in the area around her house.
Crazy as it is, she lives through the smell. It does not bother her but it bothers her