Miss Emily And Her Rose Essay

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Miss Emily is a mysterious character in “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner. She is the protagonist in this work. Emily used to be a vibrant and hopeful young woman, but something has changed with her. She had plenty of potential suitors, but her father rejected them all. After her father’s death, she is devastated and lonely. It is almost as if she is depressed, but then she meets homer Barron, a foreman from the north. They spend a lot of time together and the town certainly notices. The town talks about these two and it spreads around like wildfire. One day, Homer is seen going into Miss Emily’s house and he is never seen again. Loss can affect anyone and it certainly affects ...view middle of the document...

Everyone thought she was going to kill herself, but she did not. Therefore, no one thought about it again until she died. They all went to her funeral. While searching through the house, they find homer decomposing in the upstairs bedroom. Miss Emily killed Homer and that definitely is a sign something is not right with her. She also changes physically and the next time the town “… Saw Miss Emily, she had grown fat and her hair was turning gray. During the next few years, it grew grayer and grayer until it attained an even pepper-and-salt iron gray, when it ceased turning. Up to the day of her death at seventy-four it was still that vigorous iron-gray, like the hair of an active man” (Faulkner 326). The changes in Miss Emily are very hard to see. It is a very slow and subtle change indeed, like how a rose decays from lack of care.
The townspeople definitely talk about Miss Emily. They gossiped a lot about her and said such sentences as, “We did not say she was crazy then. We believed she had to do that. 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”(Faulkner 324). That was when she refuse to believe her father was dead. They are curious about her even more so, when she begins to never leave her home. After she went to the druggist, they say this about her, “... ‘she will kill herself’; and we said it...

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