A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner Essay

826 Words Jan 26th, 2015 4 Pages
Death is inevitable; it is certainly true that on one is leaving this life alive. In “A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner, death pervades throughout the story. Faulkner tells the life story of an elderly woman from the town of Jefferson. Emily Grierson, the story’s main character, had a very rough life filled with the death of loved ones, mental illness, loneliness, and her misconceptions of love; all of which left her feeling empty.
Throughout Emily Grierson’s life, her father kept her from most social contact and courtship. He would always comment that no one was good enough for his little girl. Because of her father, she does not have any friends and when he dies it is almost as if she has a mental breakdown. “Miss Emily met them at the door, dressed as usual and with no trace of grief on her face. She told them that her father was not dead. She did that for three days, with the ministers calling on her, and the doctors, trying to persuade her to let them dispose of the body” (Faulkner 3). She is isolated her entire life but after her father’s death Emily seems to become more distant from others, not only physically, but also in her way of thinking. Although her father mistreated her, he was the only form of love she knew, even if it was a contorted and sick perspective of “love.” Emily’s demented knowledge of love would remain throughout her life. The moment of her father’s death marks the beginning of Emily’s psychological problems. By keeping her father’s body for…

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