Character Analysis Of Faulkner's A Rose For Emily

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Analysis of Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” Everyone on the community knew that Emily Grierson is mentally unstable, however none of them foresaw the crime she committed. Emily murdered her lover and kept the rotting corpse hidden for the past 30 years. The stench of a dead corpse lingers throughout the neighborhood for quite a while but Judge Stevens misclassified it as dead rats and snake killed by her slave. (Faulkner 301) The towns people are in fact intimidated by Emily Grierson and her family in Jefferson. In detail, maybe the reason for this fear is the social status or the position of the Grierson’s in the community. Also, there were a lot of red flags about her intention to kill Howard Barron but the whole town was clueless despite all these signs. In the end, Emily Grierson has been psychotic since the beginning of the story, how and when she lost her mind is unknown. The one question perhaps that all the readers ask about this story is, what is her motive to kill Howard Barron? I was shock to find out about Jack Scherting’s idea about Emily’s motive behind Howard Barron’s murder. His side of the story believes that Emily suffer from Oedipus…show more content…
One theory is that her condition is genetic. This is because her great Aunt old lady Wyatt also became crazy according to the people in town. (Faulkner 301) This theory also provides a new insight about an idea why her father never let her get involved with a man. Emily’s father might be protecting Emily and the Grierson’s family name from gossip monger. In other words, he doesn’t want the whole town to figure out that his daughter is crazy. Another theory is that she was abuse by her father. This will prove the possibility of her killing her own father and also her lover Howard Barron. That is also why when the town people tried to bury her father she cried and broke down, because she wanted to keep the body with her forever just like Howard Barron’s
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