A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner Essay

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Emily Grierson, a Complex Character with a Complex Reality. In the short story A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner, the main character, Emily, is very interesting. She lives in an alternative reality where the rules of the world are not applied to her existence. There is a principle in philosophy that states that the way a man thinks is strongly influenced by the way a man lives. This seems to be the case of the protagonist of the story. Emily Grierson seems to be mentally disturbed, but even when in her family mental illnesses were not uncommon, she was not born that way. Her relationship with her father, her isolation from the world and later on, the town relationship with her, shaped the actions of Emily until the day she died. Emily was controlled by her father in her youth, so is only logical to think that she will be in need to control as an independent adult. Emily was not born mentally disturbed. We know by the story that Emily have had some relatives in the past that have been mentally ill. This is told to us by the narrator, who said “…People in our town, remembering how old lady Wyatt, her great-aunt, had gone completely crazy at last …” (Faulkner 158). This may have helped in Emily’s transformation but was not, definitely, the only reason for her insanity. Emily Grierson was a young lady of a wealthy family, sane enough to take care of her house and her father. In the story the narrator let us know how the town “… remember all the young men her…

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