She's also sporting an elegant ebony cane complete with a golden head. Casual readers find it to be one of his most accessible short stories, and the revelation of Miss Emily's horrible secret at the end contributed to its popularity. Her hair had turned an 'iron gray. Soon after her cousins departed, Homer was seen entering her home late one night. This house had once been grand, located in a respected neighborhood, but both neighborhood and house have since fallen into decay. On the dust of the pillow next to Homer they find an indentation of a head, and there, in the indentation, a long, gray hair. The theme of the gap between generations is clear in this story.
She had presumably already committed a murder when she was in her 30s. Themes of the Story Faulkner's 'A Rose for Emily' can be analyzed on multiple levels. The main character in the story, Emily Grierson, has a tendency to cling to the past and has a reluctance to be independent. The rose, and the love it symbolizes, die along with Homer. This is evident not just when it comes to her lifestyle, but she was also unable to let go of her father's corpse even after 3 days of his demise. The rose from the title symbolizes this absent love.
A theme of respectability and the loss of, is threaded throughout the story. She was left alone in this world at her age of 30. Using her aristocratic position to cover up the murder and the necrophilia, ironically she sentences herself to total isolation from the community, embracing the dead for solace. Because the narrator is the voice of the town, the story unfolds to the reader through the town's eyes, and thus their assumptions are the readers' own. The town thinks that this might actually be for the best: after all, Emily is an unmarried woman over thirty the horror! Emily realizes that Homer has no plans to stay, so she demonstrates her love the only way she knows how, by killing him.
. His loud personality attracted the attention of lonely Emily. Rumors had it that the wedding that Emily and Homer were planning would not be materializing. This was about two years after her father died, and a short time after her lover disappeared from her life. They tried their best including sending the Baptist minister and calling in her cousins from Alabama. Also keep in mind that the narrator of this story represents several generations of men and women from the town. Her entire existence was a puzzle for the townspeople to piece together.
Then, the narrator tells us that shortly after Emily's trip to the pharmacy, the town stopped seeing Homer around. Faulkner uses the setting to convey the mystery surrounding Emily and her actions. In contemporary times, the rose also symbolizes emotions like love and friendship. The story, told in five sections, opens in section one with an unnamed narrator describing the funeral of Miss Emily Grierson. They believed that someone or something had died.
Only roses of true love last forever. A necrophiliac refers to someone who likes to have sex with corpses. So they took the gentlemanly way out: they sprinkled lime around the house in the dead of night and the smell was eventually gone. It symbolizes the roses and flowers that Emily never received, the lovers that overlooked her. Emily's servant lets in some light from a window, and they look at a portrait of Miss Emily's father.
Homer Barron it is noted has no interest in settling down and prefers being with men this has been seen as proof that Homer Barron is a homosexual, however, many also state that given the context it may simply mean he enjoys the life of a bachelor. Grierson's death, the women of the town visited Emily to offer their condolences. Nobody has been to her house in ten years, except for her servant, so everyone's pretty thrilled to get a peek inside. In addition, she has done this for many years, as indicated by the gray hair found on the pillow. Emily eventually becomes sick and dies. She instead requests arsenic which at first arouses the druggist curiosity, and makes him reluctant to sell it to her. Homer leaves town, then the cousins leave town, and then Homer comes back.
They find things bought for the wedding along with the groom lying dead on the bed. Even these symbols are open to interpretation; they are the heart and soul of the story. Symbolism is the integral factor involved in understanding the theme. How Does Emily Kill Homer? In Notes on Mississippi Writers, Frank A. In this case, the narrator is unnamed and assumed to be one of the townspeople.