AP Junior English EN360
In a “Rose for Emily” one can feel sympathetic towards the main character, Emily. Her father is a very strict man who did not feel anyone was good enough for his daughter. He did not let her partake in their community or experience love. This left Emily emotionally unbalanced. As a result, Emily is a recluse who cannot deal with the thought of being abandoned.
The reader feels empathy towards Emily for killing Homer, because she is scared he is going to leave her. She is so insecure and unstable that she cannot deal with the possibility of him leaving her, so she resorts to the only method that she knows. She kills him and makes him hers forever. She kills him out of love, which is evident by her housing the body in her home for years.
The audience can express pity for Emily, since she believes killing is a way to show how much you love someone, and refuses for death to separate her from her loved ones. We see this peculiar behavior when she refuses to have her father's body removed from the house and at the end of the story when she has been sleeping with Homer's dead body.
The overall story is very sad. Emily is lonely and just wants someone she could enjoy her life with, since her father held her back from that. Although Emily is a murderer, one can still have compassion for her, because she is unable to find love and be completely happy. Emily kills as a result of her intense love. Thus, individuals sympathize with Emily, due to her actions showing her inability to accept reality.