That of her father whom she is unable to admit that he has died. The story's final horror is revealed when the bystanders realize that Emily has slept beside Homer's corpse in the rose-colored bridal chamber of her decaying house. Emily all through his story. She loved Homer Barron but he was not the marrying type. Miss Emily met them at the door, dressed as usual and with no trace of grief on her face. An author uses various elements such as point of view, the setting, and symbols to work toward the expression of one central idea. Financial necessity no doubt influences her change in standard and manner, but also a genuine human need for companionship.
She enforces her own sense of law and conduct, such as when she refuses to pay her taxes or tell her purpose for buying the poison. The Old South is becoming the new South and she cannot move forward. Jefferson is at a crossroads, embracing a modern, more commercial future while still perched on the edge of the past, from the faded glory of the Grierson home to the town cemetery where anonymous Civil War soldiers have been laid to rest. Later, the townspeople talk about her great-aunt, the lady Wyatt, who had gone completely crazy. Emily and her father had believed themselves to be so much better and above others, as opposed to what they really were; snooty, arrogant and pompous. Miss Emily is unable to grip the idea of death and suffers from denial.
It seems like the North and South, torn apart during the Civil War, are becoming reconciled to one another and reintegrated once more. The main character in the story, Emily Grierson, has a tendency to cling to the past and has a reluctance to be independent. The works of William Faulkner have had positive effects on readers throughout his career. Through the narrator the reader learns of a new generation of town leaders who have replaced Colonel Sartoris. This is significant as it suggests a change in tradition from the time of Colonel Sartoris.
One of which such symbols, the main character herself, represents the essence of the past through her father, her house, and her lover. The narrator of the story as well as the many different townspeople give insight as to who Emily is, how she acts and what she does. The main character in the story, Emily Grierson, has a tendency to cling to the past and has a reluctance to be independent. She needed him perpetually, to herself, slaughtering him and resting one next to the other his expired staying each night. Emily seemed convinced that she did not own any taxes to Jefferson because her father had donated large amounts of money to the town. While many years earlier, the gallant old Judge Stevens balks at the idea of telling a lady to her face that her property stinks, the authorities from this newer generation, we might imagine, would have fewer qualms about doing so.
However, the theme of tradition versus change is identified as she is faced with a society experiencing radical change. Emily lives in a timeless vacuum and world of her own making. Lucky for her, her aristocratic position allowed her to cover up the murder. This is an obvious analogy to her having a mental breakdown. Miss Emily seems to start to show some sense of socialism when she meets a man named Homer Barron. The narrator describes a time thirty years earlier when Emily resists another official inquiry on behalf of the town leaders, when the townspeople detect a powerful odor emanating from her property.
Faulkner uses symbols throughout the story to cloak an almost allegorical correlation to the reconstruction period of the South. On the other side, the principal thought about the townspeople is that they are having fight between one another. It also suggests that Miss Emily is unable to let go of the past, a past in whereby she was once thought of as superior to others. It shows the basic need for her to find lasting love but, it also shows her need to be with the one's that have passed and she loved deeply. The second evident show in the first flashback of the story, the event that declined to pay taxes.
The house also represents the image of mental illness and death. Stretching the story out for approximately 74 years, Faulkner shows how a small southern town Jefferson is at crossroads, torn between the present and the past. Her mental state comes into question again when the town removes the body of her father. Faulkner stresses time and these adjustments in the house and her appearance, particularly her hair. Her father thinks that no man is good enough for his daughter. Symbolism is the integral factor involved in understanding the theme. This triggers the reader to trust that he was extremely controlling and maybe ignored her.
They witness Miss Emily's life, her father's death, her turn to insanity and the death of both her and her lover. She insist that she has no taxes and tells them to go see the Colonel. Emily has no say about what goes on This reality sends panic and fear through her because now she has nowhere to turn and no one to tell her what to do, no one to command her life. Everyone in the town looks up at her and respect her tradition of the past, but also pitied her even though she held herself too high, but who would thought that love will be the fault of her murdering her long time friend Homer Barron. By killing Homer she has in some way ensured that she will not be alone, however she has also ensured that she will be isolated from the other townspeople.
The nearer she came to having a separate, the more exhausted her appearance got to be. Then came Homer Barron, a contractor. The dust covers everything in Emily's house, and the men who go there to attempt to collect Emily's taxes notice that the hallway ''smelled of dust and disuse. This paper serves as an in-depth examination of how the main character, Emily Grierson, correlates with society. This statement is seen in the story on many occasions.