A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner Essay

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Convicting Emily in William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” People go through many obstacles throughout their lifetime. Some people can handle challenges from obstacles quite well, while others cannot. Emily Grierson in William Faulkner’s, “A Rose for Emily,” falls into the latter of the two groups. There are a few factors that are described in the text that could explain why Emily’s actions are that of a mentally-ill person. William Faulkner in his short story “A Rose for Emily,” provides ample evidence to support a diagnosis of schizophrenia for Emily, his protagonist, and her crime of murdering her last link to humanity.
The mental illness, schizophrenia, is a mental disorder that “affects how the person thinks, feels, and acts. Someone with schizophrenia may have difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is imaginary; may be unresponsive or withdrawn; and may have difficulty expressing normal emotions in social situations” (mentalheathamerica.net). There is a theory regarding the cause of Schizophrenia: genetics. This would make sense because Faulkner explains how Emily’s great-aunt, “Old Lady Wyatt,” had gone crazy, so this indicates that some sort of mental illness already runs in the family (365). Even though their illnesses are recognized, they end up being overlooked because of the high societal rank that the Griersons hold.
Colonel Sartoris, the old mayor, remitted the payment of Emily’s taxes after the death of her father. Sartoris “invented an…

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