Engl 102/ Formal Paper 1
Literature and Composition
March 19, 2010
Profile of Miss Emily Grierson in, “A Rose for Emily”.
Lunatic: Psychological term for lunatic is defined as a person who has been declared insane. The person is afflicted or has shown characteristics of mental derangement or eccentric behaviors. This person shows or is marked by a lack of good sense or judgment. Mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior.
In the short story “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, the character Miss Emily displayed misanthropic, yet feeble behaviors that made her appear to be following in her aunts footsteps; who showed signs of mental derangement. Having been shunned from the outside world, Miss Emily showed no signs of social interaction with the town’s people. Miss Emily was kept in the home closely monitored by her father, and was not allowed a social life. Her aunts mental status was rapidly diminishing, losing sight of where she was, and what was going on around her.
Miss Emily was faced with the death of her father, but did not believe it. She held on to the body for three days inside the home. Her fear of losing the only person she had all her life had come to a tragic end. She was in disbelief and refused to let go of her father. In the end she had no choice but to let go of the body, because it was causing havoc with the town’s people. They were worried about the body decaying and causing a stench that would travel out into the air.
Miss Emily’s state of mind was questioned when her father was gone. She was left alone with no one but Colonel Sartoris, and Tobe her servant who took care of her and her home.
She had never had a relationship outside of her father, and would not know how to take care of herself. Emily was showing signs of mental distress, she was not functioning right. She looked like she had not bathed in days and continued to keep herself shunned from the outside world. She didn’t partake in anything that had to do with socializing with the town’s people.
A couple of years after her father’s passing she was still confined to her home. Until, one morning she was surprised by the knock on the door; a strange man by the name of Homer Barron, he was the foreman of the construction company the town had contracted to pave the sidewalks. Surprisingly she accepted his advances and sooner than you know it they were going out on the town frequently. The people in the town took notice and questioned why she would have interest in a man that was of lower class and from the North.
“Of course a Grierson would not think seriously of a Northerner, a day laborer” (32). This man who she had been seeing for the past year was now very well known in town by many and knew that he was not the marrying type. “She will marry him” (33). These were one of the comments made by the town‘s people. Then the town’s people also commented on how she would persuade him, because Homer himself had made a remark about how he liked men.
In the midst of being out on the town one day on her own, she went to purchase poison. She said she was in need of it and would like one that would give her the best result. The druggist named several. “They’ll kill anything up to an elephant. But what you want is Arsenic” The druggist looked down at her. She looked back at him, erect, her face like a strained flag (33). The druggist questioned her motives for the purchase. She just said firmly “I want arsenic”(33).
Once she reached her home she opened the package and written on it under the skull and bones: “For Rats.” After the poison was sold to her, the next day the druggist was commenting to others, “ she will kill herself”?(33). and that would be the best thing(33). Miss Emily...
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