Mohammed Al Maskari
Isolation: A Rose For Emily
The human being is a social creature who depends on others and cannot live by himself. People depend on each other to achieve that happiness that every human being desires. William Faulkner an American writer wrote a story called “A Rose For Emily” in which he talks about a noble women and how she is isolated from her society. Although Faulkner does not present this idea in a clear sentence that directly indicates that, he implies this idea through the story. Emily is isolated from society due to her father’s insistence that no man in her town was good enough for her and the mental effect this had on her. After her father died Emily met a lover and that lover sexuality leads her to completely shut herself from society. Also due to the big generation gap between her and the new society, she is pushed further into isolation. In this paper, I will analyze and show how Emily isolated herself due to her father’s over protective and negative influence, Homer Barron’s potential homosexuality, and the generation gap between herself and the town people around her. Actions of Emily’s father and his negative influence on her cause her to be isolated and separated from her society. Emily’s father has a high social rank in the society due to him been a Grierson. Her father does not give Emily the independence and sense of self that she needs; therefore, affecting her mental ability to take responsibility and sense of decision. For example he was the one that provides money for the house as the narrator hints “Now she too would know the old thrill and old despair of a penny more or less” (909). As you can see after her father’s death, she needs to provide money because her father was the one providing the family income. Mr. Grierson isolates Emily from her relatives as she has relatives in Alabama but due to her father’s problems with them, all connections are cut this is implied by the narrator with the statement that “she had some kin in Alabama; but years ago her father had fallen out with them over estate of old lady Wyatt, the crazy women, and there was no communication between the two families” (910). Mr. Grierson pushed away all the men as the narrator recalled “we remembered all the young men her father had driven away” (909) in the point of view that “none of the young men were quite good enough for miss Emily and such” (909). Therefore even when Emily gets to her thirties, her father denies her a serious relationship with a man: “so when she got to be thirty and was still single, we were not pleased exactly, but vindicated” (909). As a result of Mr. Grierson’s belief that no man in town is good enough, he is the only male figure in her life so when her father dies it is a strike for Emily as the pillar and the strong point of her life fell. As McDermott, JOHN A says in his article “Do You Love Mother Norman” “Emily Grierson’s overbearing father forces her to live without love. Although dominated by him in her youth” .Therefore, Emily tries to deny her father’s death and does not accept it because she does not want to be completely isolated. Emily even tells the townspeople “that her father was not dead” (909). Emily continues to deny her father’s death “for three days” , but with the pressure from “ministers calling on her, and the doctors, trying to persuade her to let them dispose of the body” (909) she gives up “just as they were about to resort to law and force, she broke down”(909). Emily’s father educated Emily in a way that leads her to isolate herself from the society and push people away due to her class position. Homer Barron is the male figure that can prevent Emily’s isolation, but due to his sexuality he leads Emily to a complete isolation. After the death of Emily’s father, Emily needed a male figure to fit into her life due to the fear of being isolated. After her father’s death construction work began in town....
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