What Is The Meaning Of A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner

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In William Faulkner’s story “A Rose for Emily”, the author describes the life of Emily Grierson. Emily, as a child, was cut off from social life by her repressive father. After her father dies it is hard for her to acknowledge it. Because of her father overbearing ways, Emily is isolated from the town. Faulkner presents Emily’s family name and class as high and mighty. When she gets in a relationship with Homer, the Yankee, the townspeople thinks he is not socially acceptable for her. Emily stays with Homer so she is not lonely but ends up murdering him. In the story “A Rose for Emily”, William Faulkner, the author uses symbolism in the title to set the tone of the story. The title is a symbol of appreciation to make up the tragic life of Emily …show more content…
When her father dies, she refuses to give up his corpse. Her father was the only form of love she had experienced. The townspeople said:
She did that for three days… the doctors, trying to persuade her to let them dispose of the body. We believed she had to do that. We remember all the young men her father had driven away … would have to cling to that which had robbed her. (518)
In this quotation the narrator depicts that Emily only had her father. After her father died, Emily didn’t want to let go of his body. Emily father was the only person to show her love. In the quote “she would have to cling to which had robbed her” (518), her father is appertained to what robbed her. In the quote, “robbed” id used as a connotation. To “rob” is to take something illegally by force. Faulkner’s connotation of “robbed” is to deprive. By Emily’s father unjustly deprive her of social life, Emily was left isolated when he died. deprive her of social life, Emily was left isolated when he
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Emily was an old southerner who was looking for a husband and family. Because her dad died, she had a chance of starting her own life. Emily, being socially disadvantaged, did not know what to look for in a man. She thought Homer was her lover because he was the only man she had been with. Homer was not a “marrying man” (520) said the townspeople. The townspeople believed that Emily would “persuade him [to marry her] because Homer himself remarked he like men, it was known that he drank with the younger men in the elks Club” (520). From this quote readers can question Homers sexuality. The connotation behind the gossiping townspeople statements, can suggest Homers relationship preference. The connotation on “like” in the story is used as to have an attraction in or pleasure in. Unlike Emily; Homer had no intentions on ever marrying Emily. Next, Emily isolation to the town always left her lonely and loveless. I think she killed Homer because she did not want to let him go. Homer was Emily’s first real “lover”. Emily had to murder Homer so she would not lose

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