In the very beginning the author describes the house where Emily resides. Faulkner writes, “It was a big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style, set on what had once been our most select street” (1). He suggests that the family used to be wealthy and probably had slaves, but since the story occurs after the civil war Emily’s family freed their slaves and eventually lost their capital.
The family consists of black servant, Emily and her father, whom the author suggests live in the past. Her father doesn’t’ allow her to get married because “None of the young men were quite good enough for Miss Emily and such”(3), and one can infer that even though the family is poor they still think highly of their name. Emily turns thirty and she is still not married, though she is extremely attached to her father. The day that he dies Emily acts as if nothing has happened, telling the townspeople “that her father was not dead. She did that for three days, with the ministers calling on her, and the doctors, trying to persuade her to dispose of the body” (3).
Cited: Faulkner, William. “A Rose for Emily” English course packet. New York: Brooklyn College, 2005