Emily Grierson Motive to Kill Homer Barron

1425 Words Dec 25th, 2012 6 Pages
William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” is an intriguing tale of the life and death of Emily Grierson, who ends up killing her male companion, Homer Barron. A motive is not stated by the narrator, but when read critically a motive can be found. Several Literary critics have proposed different motives of why Emily Grierson killed Homer Barron. Some say that Homer was going to jilt Emily. Although homer was the not the marrying type, there is no evidence that homer was going to leave her. Another motive was that homer was gay. This motive was taken out of context; homer enjoyed being a bachelor, drinking with the guys at the local bar. Homer filled the void left by her Father, Mr. Grierson, since Homer and Mr. Grierson were very similar …show more content…
The men admired her and the women talked about her. She was Jefferson’s modern day celebrity in a sense. And like any other celebrity she was look at to set an example, as well as to serve as a topic of gossip. Dating Homer, a northerner, of course was not normal in the southern tradition nor would have it been pleasing to the Grierson family image. As Emily and Homer were continued to be seen in public, the gossip continued. The women of Jefferson were somewhat disgusted with their relationship. They sent the minister to guide Emily, which did not work. The next step was to call on the Grierson relatives that resided in Alabama. The Grierson family was considered the upper class of the town of Jefferson. Homer, a “Yankee” from the north, would be displeasing to the family’s name. Emily and her father lived on a “select street” as Faulkner described. The Grierson’s were looked down upon, almost hated for the way they thought about their status as upper class, the town believed “that the Griersons held themselves for a little too high for what they really were.” Faulkner never included what exactly happen when Emily’s relatives came to visit. The relatives were only described to be “even more Grierson than Miss Emily had ever been”. Scherting came to a conclusion that “it was logical to assume