A Rose for Emily: Necrophilia

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A Rose For   Emily
Necrophilia typically means a sexual attraction to dead bodies. In a broader sense, there also describes a powerful desire to control   another, usually in the context of a romantic or deeply personal relationship. Necrophiliacs tend to be so controlling in their relationships that they ultimately resort to bonding with unresponsive entities with no resistance or will- in other words, with dead bodies. In William Faulkner’s ‘A Rose For Emily’, Emily seemed   to be isolated and out of touch with reality while developing this sickness called Necrophilia in which in the story William Faulkner hints on several occasions. Emily Grierson   is a classic outsider, controlling and limiting the towns access to her true identity by remaining hidden and out of touch with reality.   Emily’s mind seemed to be frozen in time but with bits and pieces of the present, present. Perfect example,   Emily enforces her own sense of law and conduct, such as when she refuses to pay her taxes or state her purpose for buying the poison. Emily also disregards the law when she refuses to have numbers attached to her house when federal mail service in instituted . Emily felt the reason she could do all of these things is because of   an invented tale Colonel Sartoris had given her, Stating that she did not have   to pay taxes, but only men of his generation could vouch that for her. Still believing that she didn’t have to   pay taxes. With the new and younger generation, Emily was no   exception. But Emily continues to stick by the promise Colonel   Satoris had given her, not realizing that he’s been dead for decades. This reason being that, because after her father Mr. Grierson died, she lost touch with reality and   isolated herself. Emily first showed signs of having and   necrophilia   when her father Mr. Grierson died. It was said that he had controlled Emily. That she was brow-beaten and kept down by her father, a   selfish man who didn’t want her to leave home...
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