A Rose For Emily Ego Analysis

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The ultimate goal of a young woman in the south was to find love and marry, that is if her father did not chase possible husbands away. Emily was an eccentric figure who changed from a joyful and vibrant child to a secretive and mentally ill woman. After her father’s death, she was lonely, as a result of him ensuring that she would never marry. Emily had to face her father driving away young men in town, who he believed were not good enough for her. In William Faulkner 's, “A Rose For Emily,” he uses the killing of Homer, old southern traditions, and Emily’s ego to show that she is desperate for love and enhance the overall meaning that Emily is unable to let go of the past, only preserve it. First and foremost, Despite his oppressiveness, …show more content…
Faulkner mentions, “‘Tobe!’ The Negro appeared. ‘Show these gentlemen out.” (Faulkner 2). Emily’s father influenced her when he considered his family of the highest class, and that no man in town was good enough for her. She refused to finish the awaited conversation by the Board of Aldermen, and orders her servant to escort them out. Being of a high social class allowed her to believe that she had authority and power over people. When Homer and Emily were in a relationship, he never showed signs of wanting to marry her. He was planning on leaving her, and she did not accept it. Faulkner states, “Miss Emily just stared at him, her head tilted back in order to look his eye for eye, until he looked away and went and got the arsenic and wrapped it up.” (Faulkner 3). Emily claimed that the arsenic was for rats, which implied that she was going to poison Homer. Emily’s father controlled her, and after his death, Emily temporarily controls him by refusing to give up his dead body. She thinks she is in control of Homer because he symbolizes her object of affection. Emily poisons him to achieve total power over him. Her ego has made her believe that she can take someone’s life away to gain full control over it.Homer symbolizes a rose for Emily because he is her cherished rose preserved in her rose-colored bridal suite, which she revisits as she continues to live in the past. Murdering Homer was an act of desperation to avoid being lonely again. Her father not allowing her to find love resulted in her having a big ego and believing that she had control over

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