After her father’s death she went out very little; after her sweet heart went away, people hardly saw her at all. A few of the ladies had temerity to call but were not received, and the only sign of life about the place was the Negro man—a young man then—going in and out with a market basket. (Faulkner 2.1) Emily is isolated, her father throughout the course of her life isolated her from all men and Homer Barron’s death completely isolated her from everyone, this is what her father wanted, Emily to be
The story does not say why Miss Emily’s father died and it was clear that he had not treated her well and had denied her a relationship with any of the young men. Homer Barron had also denied her a relationship with him, and because of it he lost his life. Homer Barron had even stated to the townspeople that, “He was not a marrying man” (1107). Still, this did not stop Miss Emily and she took an extreme measure to keep him near. Maybe this is why Tobe stuck around and went to the market for her year after year.
On the first reading of these words, readers may expect a love story with a happy end. 'A Rose' is one of the symbols used in the story inviting the reader to think of: love, affection, admiration, and sympathy. In an interview, Faulkner answered a question about the meaning of the title of the story, "Oh, it's simply the poor woman had had no life at all. Her father had kept her more or less locked up and then she had a lover who was about to quit her, she had to murder him. It was just "A Rose for Emily"-- that's all," Faulkner in Meyer (1996: 61).
Jude feels completely isolated from her parents. One no longer alive, and the other does not communicate anything with her anymore. He sits alone with his own thoughts, and Jude with her’s. Her twin brother Noah tells readers that during their mother’s life, the “Truth is, I think Mom and I had gotten used to not noticing her when the three of us were together” (73). Noah and his mother ignored Jude whenever they were all out doing something, because of this lack of being able to talk to her mother while she was still alive, it just pushed Jude further and further away from her family.
The narrator does not actually know Emily that they are not friends and probably not even familiar. However, because of the Griersons’ name, the town pays attention to Emily’s life from the time she is a young woman until her death, which is declared at the beginning of the story. Emily is a faithful traditionalist, likely because she loving remembers the time when her family name meant something in the town. Now, her house is infirm, and as it turns out, she’s keeping a dead body on a bed in her house. Emily tries to hold on to old opportunity granted to her family in more wealthiest times.
They decided to move to Euclid, Ohio, a big city with no nature around. Sal’s family can be categorized as the broken one. Ben, who was Sal’s classmate and boyfriend by the end of the novel, had a strange family. His mother was sick and needed to be in a psychiatric award and only family was allowed. He went to visit her even though she didn’t notice his presence.
Nell’s only friend is named Kit who is a young man who worked in the shop… Throughout this story Nell seeks asylum for her grandfather. Meanwhile his brother is looking for Little Nell to take care of her. After Nell travels far and seeks refuge for her grandfather she gets ill. Subsequently this illness leads to her death and a few months after her grandfather dies. In the novel, The Old Curiosity Shop, the themes of untimely death, corruption due to class struggles and emotional neglect, all make this magnificent story a sad tragedy.
Her father has strictly forbidden her from making friendship with boys. Karthika brings her friends home since the mother is away most of the time. Mother doesn’t welcome friends when she is at home. She doesn’t like visitors. But she doesn’t show any malice towards them.
When the mother returns home the father will be so angry with her because she had left the children alone. But she doesn’t bother; she goes whenever she wills, sometimes in the middle of the night, walking all the way to her parents’ house. She doesn’t listen to anyone. When the researcher met Karthika, her mother had gone to her parents’ housed and Karthika was alone at home. Karthika narrated how once her father warned the mother against her going home every now and then.
Whenever I could have visitation I did not want her to see me, and everytime she tried it made me hate her even more. About a year later my sister and I were called into the counselor’s office and we received the news that our mother was dead. I could not believe what I was just told. I never expected my mom to die at such a young age, I did not even know what to say. I did not know what to feel inside, my sister cried but I just sat there in shock.