Character Analysis in A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

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A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner is located in Jefferson, a small Southern town during the post- Civil War era. The story revolves around the eccentric and catastrophic events of Miss Emily Grierson’s life. At a first look, Miss Emily seems like a lonely woman with little self-confidence and low self-esteem, which is due from her father’s upbringing. There had to be some kind of neglect by her father because he made her lived such a sheltered life. He made her think that nobody was good enough for her and he even turned her away from his own family. From beginning to end, Emily turned into quite an odd character due to this type of sheltered life. In section one, the narrator of A Rose for Emily, is the voice of the town rather than a…show more content…
This appalls the town and increases the aloofness and sympathy they have for Emily. They feel that she is overlooking her family pride and becoming involved with a man less than her rank. As the affair continues Emily’s rank is further compromised. The old people said, "Poor Emily. Her kinsfolk should come to her" (412). She goes to the drug store to purchase arsenic, a powerful poison, which is required by law to reveal how she will use of the arsenic. She presents no explanation and the package is labeled “For rats” (413). In section four, the narrator describes the horror that some of the townspeople have that Emily will use the poison to kill herself. The women of the town begin saying that her riding around in the buggy with Homer Barron, with no intent of marriage, was a "Disgrace to the town and a bad example to the young people" (413). The Baptist minister called upon her, but left and declined to return and a week later his wife wrote to Miss Emily's family in Alabama. Her family from Alabama came to her, even though there had been a diminishing relationship. Emily orders a silver toilet set in-scripted with Homer’s initials and bought a complete set of men’s clothing including a nightgown. This sparks wedding bells in the townspeople’s head and talk of marriage starts again. The townspeople thought that "The two female cousins were even more
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