In the famous story by William Faulkner there is a lonely tale of a woman that is living out the better part of her life in a cage. The setting is in a southern town that may aid to the problems she faces. Her father is the type that did not approve of any contact from the men of the town so she was always being held back in the area of socialization. So she started out in a bad situation of not being a part of the community. Her father didn’t see it as proper for her to be as the others her age.
The father figure is still a important symbol in her life though. When he dies she doesn’t accept the fact that he is gone. Her father was the only real person in her life. She had relatives in Alabama but they were pushed away by her father over some land that was left behind by a crazy aunt. The relatives in Alabama were the only were all she had but the old wound inflicted by her father was not going to heal. Then the worst thing happens after her father is gone. The man that she was engaged to runs off and leaves her all alone. She didn’t ever recover form this, she isolated her self in her house. The only person that saw her on a regular basis was a black man that brought her food when she needed it. The only man that her father must of approved of ran out on her. This must have been the breaking point for her. Losing the two most important people in her life near the same time must have been unbearable for her.
After these two events have passed the community attempts to reach out to her. When her father dies the women on the town try to comfort her but she is still in denial. Then the doctors are sent over and convince her and the body is buried. The women try to further help her but to no prevail. She just will not let anyone into her life, but then one day she will.
One day the unthinkable happens to poor Emily. A man who is in charge of building the new sidewalks comes to town.... [continues]
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