Character Analysis Of Miss Emily In William Faulkner's A Rose For Emily

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In the story “A Rose for Emily” written by William Faulkner, the main character Miss Emily had always received pity and special treatment from the townspeople. After the death of Emily’s father, Mayor Colonel Sartorius abolished Miss Emily’s taxes. The Mayor reinforced his action claiming it as an act of gratitude, due to Emily’s father donating vast amounts to the town before his death. After Emily father's death, her home began to emit a pungent smell. The townspeople raised many flags at this problem, but the resolution was to spread lime at night to prevent hurting miss Emily’s feelings. The town starts to turn heads in fear that Miss Emily would try to commit suicide. Although with these concerns in mind no one questioned Emily when she…show more content…
The townspeople believed that Emily may have intentions to kill herself. With concern in the back of their mind, no one said anything when missing Emily bought the lethal poison arsenic. When trying to purchase the arsenic, Miss Emily gave no reason to possessing the poison. When confronted about the reason for the purchase, she made no attempt to give a reason and kept completely silent. When Miss Emily arrived home “she opened the package at home there was written on the box, under the skull and bones: "For rats." (Faulkner 458). The women of the town began to worry about Miss Emily’s plan of killing herself, they summoned the Baptist minister to check up on her. Although, the minister visited Emily, “He would never divulge what happened during that interview, but he refused to go back again” (Faulkner 458). The town people never questioned or wondered why the minister was terrified of Miss Emily’s house. Emily’s boyfriend Homer Barron went missing one night after visiting Emily’s house. “A neighbor saw the Negro man admit him at the kitchen door at dusk one evening." but homer was never seen from or heard from again. Although the town had evidence that Miss Emily’s house was the last place Homer was seen, no one questioned Emily or even mentioned the fact that Homer was missing. The town took extreme measures to make sure that Emily’s reputation and name were

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