The town leaders conveniently overlook the fact that in her straightened circumstances and solitary life, Emily can no longer meet her tax obligations with the town. In a way, it is not that the narrator is unknown, but rather it is as though the narrator stands for the entire town. The story is about a woman whose life has been filled with apathy and sympathy. This is significant as it suggests a change in tradition from the time of Colonel Sartoris. The whole town thought they would get married.
Therefore she isolates herself from others because she is used to living under her father which causes her to become lonely. As a result of that, when she got to be thirty, she was still alone. Emily grew up in a wealthy family in the South during the time period right after the Civil War. After the death of her father, and the estrangement from the Yankee, Homer Barron, she becomes reclusive and introverted. . Living in the past tends to disconnect people from those living in the present, and mental illness is also negatively stigmatized. If so, what role does he play? The residents of Jefferson resent this, so the family's social segregation is reinforced on both sides.
When her father dies, there is no one left to love Emily and she is completely lost because she has never learned how to give or receive love in a normal way. In life today, roses of all types exists, and are not always what they first appear to be. Obviously, he has some sort of affection for her that makes him want to spend time with her, but what Emily perceives as romantic interest is merely platonic from his end. If Emily carried her head a little bit lower and spent time looking at people around her, she could find a reliable listener to help her escape from the isolation. The meaning of the rose crosses generations, appearing in stories written yesterday, as well as fairy tales from centuries ago. Her man-servant Tobe has enough loyalty and affection for her that he remains with her and tells no one about what she has done. The wilted roses of forced and obligated love, like Emily's, cannot stand the tests of time, and eventually die.
Miss Emily grew up as part of an aristocratic Southern family, with an overpowering father who refused to allow her to be courted by the young men of the town. The complex figure of Emily Grierson casts a long shadow in the town of Jefferson. Emily and Her Father There is no mention of Emily's mother in the story, leaving the reader with the impression that either she died when Emily was young, possibly during childbirth. The past is not a faint glimmer but an ever-present, idealized realm. Another potential love relationship in the story is between Emily and her man-servant, Tobe.
Her isolation from society and alienation from love is what ultimately drives her to madness. However this same community and the values which it holds will eventually be a key factor in determining Miss Emily's madness. Although the men attend the funeral to show a sort of respectful affection, the reader gets the feeling that the men have attended because they feel obligated to. But when people did try to interact with her, Miss Emily's father scared them away, he pushes anyone who comes near his daughter. After some time has passed, the door to a sealed upstairs room that had not been opened in forty years is broken down by the townspeople. Faulkner writes Emily's character as one who is isolated from the people of her town.
It also suggests that Miss Emily is unable to let go of the past, a past in whereby she was once thought of as superior to others. Throughout the extensive timeline of the story, Emily experiences various levels of isolation that cause her to develop a severe dependency issues. The reader can find that Miss Emily did what was necessary to keep her secret from the town. Faulkner gives us a peek into the depth of the relationship that Miss Emily had with her father and it was more than just the. Emily's upstairs room represents that timeless meadow: she and the dead Homer are still together there, and these unchanged objects can explain this concept of time, as well as it suggests an atmosphere of horror.
The rose is often a symbol of love, and portrays an everlasting beauty. 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. Throughout her whole life and even now in death her father had been and always would be there, watching, judging and influencing her life, knowing she had been daddy's little girl to the end. It is through her one connection, with Homer, that she has isolated herself from everybody else. She is in many ways a mixed blessing.
Emily Grierson is a protagonist in this story and the life of her used as an allegory about the changes of a South town in Jefferson after the civil war, early 1900's. She seems to live in a sort of fantasy world where death has no meaning. Emily is an object of fascination. Some people have a hard time dealing with death while it seems Emily is just comfortable with it. Excessive isolation can cause loneliness in anyone's life.