Miss Emily and Her Rose

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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 Miss Emily. Miss Emily’s psychological resilience to anything remotely traumatic is very low. She has a very high for need to get love from anyone. Miss Emily is a dynamic character; her mind and body both change throughout the story, but they are very slight changes that someone rarely notices at first. Throughout this tale, she changes mentally, socially, and physically. According to Nicole Smith, One part of her that changes is her need to be social and “After her father’s death she went out very little; after her sweetheart went away people hardly saw her at all” (Faulkner 324). In this quotation, it shows that because of losing two men in her life, it added to her want to live in solitude. According to Nicole Smith, “Kinney has argued that Miss Emily’s delusions, especially

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