Table of Contents Plot Overview The story is divided into five sections. Grierson had once lent the community a significant sum. As new town leaders take over, they make unsuccessful attempts to get Emily to resume payments.
Although the lineage of Miss Emily Grierson has deep roots in the community, she is anything but a normal citizen. Dominated by a controlling father, whose death leaves Miss Emily very alone, she ostracizes herself from the town by having limited contact with the outside world for the remainder of her life.
The community itself does little to coerce Miss Emily out of her forced seclusion. A few routine visits from the townspeople, companionship from Homer Barron, who is found as a skeleton in her house upon her death, and assistance from her housekeeper Tobe is the only interaction Miss Emily has with the outside world.
From the beginning, the community depicts Miss Emily more as an unwanted object they wish to explore than a recently deceased person. When a person dies, the initial reaction of most people would be to give their condolences to the next of kin or try in some way to put the deceased to rest, and some could argue that the men of the town do this, but most of the townspeople, arguably the women, attend her funeral purely to benefit their own curiosity.
At last they are able to enter her sanctuary to scrutinize her existence unsupervised by anyone. Furthermore, the townspeople see Miss Emily more as a spectacle than an actual human being trying to find happiness in life.
They see her as a snobby Grierson getting what she deserves and they enjoy watching her single status and her resulting loneliness continue. Although they believe a wedding is eminent or may have already taken place, the townspeople offer no sympathy for Miss Emily.
The compassion expressed by the townspeople in the preceding sentence is short lived. The judgmental opinions conveyed in the latter sentence portray a society that is deeply critical of the Griersons. She was taught by her southern values at a young age that the man is the head of the household and a permanent part of the household.
These are beliefs that the townspeople also shared but instead of embracing her as one of their own, they alienated her from their society by being critical and scrutinizing her existence.Miss Emily Grierson, the main character in William Faulkner’s short story “A Rose for Emily," is certainly strange by any average reader’s standards and a character analysis of Emily could go in .
Discussion of themes and motifs in William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily. eNotes critical analyses help you gain a deeper understanding of A Rose for Emily so you can excel on your essay or test.
A Rose for Emily is one of William Faulkner's most studied short stories. It was written in and published in The Collected Stories of William Faulkner in (). It is a gothic story about the mysterious life of Miss.
Emily Grierson. Jun 12, · William Faulkner shows us how easily complete isolation can lead one down the path of insanity in his short story “A Rose for Emily”. This story can teach readers that any type of isolation, either forced or voluntary, can be benjaminpohle.coms: 1.
William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" is a classic short story; while the plot can be summarized in just a few words, this will not capture the feeling of the selection. The story is told in five. Meeting them at the door, Emily states that her father is not dead, a charade that she keeps up for three days.
She finally turns her father’s body over for burial. In section .