Death: A Dear Friend
“A Rose for Emily”, by William Faulkner, is a story describing the ways of Emily, a woman who is an extreme introvert. The story revolves around death and how eminent and powerful it is that it controlled the story from start until the end. Emily wanted to conquer death by denying the fact that the person is truly not dead, as seen when her father died and she didn’t want to accept that he is dead. She also tried to conquer death by killing Homer in the sense that she thought death would enable her to have full control over Homer. She was a fool to believe in such lunacy. But in the end, death became a dear friend to Emily. Death is her only companion and the only thing that approved of her in all ways. The conflict present in the story is how Emily can’t stand not being in control because she already suffered enough under her father who kept her from participating in any social events that occurred. In this case, it is easy to say that Emily had internal problems that only she could fix. Her own solution to her problem was to kill the person that oppressed her and manipulated them to her will. Just like with his father after dying, Emily wanted to keep him for the sake of her finally having control over her father. Homer Barron, who disapproved that they marry because he is homosexual and prefers men over women, was killed by Emily for her to have Homer with her forever, without question and without hesitation. Emily, the protagonist of the story, is a very self-centered person who only cares about herself and her feelings. She is mysterious, and greedy in the sense that she doesn’t want to pay her taxes that is for the benefit of her own town. Before her father died, she was the main subject of gossip of the town, somewhat like an idol that everyone wanted to meet and befriend. Finally, her father died and it changed Emily in horrible ways, becoming the shady character that she is. She still is the main gossip topic of the townspeople...
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