Emily by William Faulkner, I will be focusing on the isolation of Emily and how it affected her in the years of her life leading up to Homer Barron’s murder. The story gives us several indications that Emily has been isolated since adolescence because her father had set limitations on what Emily could or couldn’t do. Following her father’s death, Emily met a man named
Homer. Even though …show more content…
Living within a fantasy could get mixed up with reality and cause tremendous confusion, leading a person incapable of interpreting between what is real and what is imagination. For example, Emily conceived what she wanted to happen in her mind, which was a marriage with Homer. Without him knowing, she bought a suit, a monogrammed men’s toilet set and a night shirt, creating a union that was only in her mind and that was not going to take place. This displays actions from an immensely isolated person. “Isolation can produce negative and positive results. It can alter behavior and cause the isolated one to act in new ways.
As a result, it can have negative effects on mental functioning” (Concliffe 3). Emily withdrew from society after her father died because she was left completely alone, scared and helpless. She lost her only security and guidance. Left with nothing, I believe the combination of her father’s death, loneliness, and years of isolation caused her to have a break down. She became ill, and nobody seen her for a long time. Isolation is terrible, and it is
Webster 4 …show more content…
Emily’s forced way of life inflicted emotional and mental distress. The only relationship she had was with her controlling father and his death enhanced her mental issues. Emily’s mind was warped from the life she had to live, and it escalated when she was rejected by Homer.
Reasonably, Emily’s mental illness could have originated as a reaction to the control, loneliness
and isolation she suffered at the hand of her father. She lived a sheltered life for many years, silently craving the chance to find love and companionship. Flashing back to the beginning, the first major blow to Emily’s mental state was her father’s controlling behavior combined with the entire town constantly gossiping and whispering behind her back. This treatment had a lasting detrimental effect on her. When her father died, she broke down from the realization she was alone in the world until she met Homer Barron. He was the first man she had the opportunity to date, so she quickly became smitten with him. Homer had no interest in a relationship or marriage. He was not willing to settle down with