May 13, 2013
A Rose for Emily
Emily Grierson is an outsider, controlling and limiting the town’s access to her true identity by remaining hidden. Her family was wealthy and successful and as I recall the Alderman lets her taxes slide. Miss Emily was very different. She never was able to date or to make any decisions for herself. Her father did that all for her and didn't believe that any man was "good enough" but Homer Barron was there and they were together. She is a decaying woman whose nobility is based on memory, not material goods. While she is certainly a member of the upper class based on her birth but she doesn’t act like it. She was in trouble with the towns tax people because she hadn’t paid her taxes in a long time. Her family name only last so long with the towns tax people. In the begin of the story the towns people are telling us about Emily. The main rumors that the town creates were why Miss Emily lived in her house for forty years without going out. They started to report her life according of the observations that they made while they pass-through her house. They saw her sometimes at the windows, other times the Negro that only goes out with the market basket give them some information. But after she killed Homer Barron they stopped talking about her. So the town started to think that he was not communicating with anyone not even with Miss Emily. The town was the narrative of Miss Emily life. They tell everything they see and know. Sometimes they just create a story so they can imagine what is happening in Miss Emily’s life. Homer is an outsider in the town, so he wouldn't necessarily be as nervous about getting involved with Emily, as he should be. Since he's both an outsider and a northerner, no one among the townspeople will enlighten him. And, since he's an outsider and a northerner, he's doubly at risk because his disappearance goes unnoticed and unreported until far too late. And...
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