Examples Of Unimaginable Power In William Faulkner's A Rose For Emily

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“A Rose for Emily” “A Rose for Emily” a short story written by William Faulkner, brings us to the discussion of a dysfunctional family structure. This story has a very interesting twist, for us as readers surely have to read to the end to understand the journey we will embark on in this mysterious tale. Emily’s father was very protective of his daughter. She was like his prized procession that no one was to look at, “for if there were any gentleman callers he would drive them away” (Faulkner 683). This resulted in Emily being a bit awkward and nonsocial. The death of her father gave her a chance to step from under his guard, but instead she retreated into her home and pretended that nothing happened. As William Faulkner states, “when the
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William Faulkner describes Homer, “as a man who likes men, going out drinking, and not being the marrying type” (685). But Emily was convinced or rather felt she would take control of their relationship, and he would eventually become her husband. She even purchase attire for him for their joyous occasion, so of course everyone was very happy that she would finally have someone to love besides her departed father.
Emily’s father unnaturally kept her to himself, so Emily seemed to have the same plans for Homer as well. Once Emily realized Homer had no intentions on settling down with her she put her plan in motion. “I want poison, she told the druggist” (Faulkner 684). What did we suppose she was to do with poison? Other characters in this story believed “she would kill herself” (Faulkner 685).
This is where the mystery unfolds of how profound her dysfunction is rooted, for the day Emily Grierson took her last breath that is when those whom had not crossed her threshold beyond her sitting room could now view the contents of the rest of her

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