Response to “A Rose for Emily’ I got the impression when the author explained the smell right after the suspected marriage and no one having seen Emily and Homer out around town that Homer had died. I wonder why nobody else thought of that. Everyone assumed that Homer had left even though no one saw him go. I think Emily probably killed Homer to keep him from ever leaving her. The trauma of Emily’s father having died, followed by years of isolation must have had an impact on her mental health.
There is no other reason she would have killed Homer and left him in the bed for 40 years. The strangest thing is her still lying with or sleeping with his corpse after all that time. Homer apparently died while the cousins were still there though, did they have something to do with it. Perhaps they agreed with Emily’s father that she should not marry and saw that, as the only was to prevent it. There is not much explanation given about her family, but the implication is made that the Grierson’s had held some type of status.
Many references are made about a Grierson not marrying beneath them, even though some people felt that Emily probably didn’t have many options. The comment the author makes about the two cousins being more Grierson than Emily ever was I assume was referring to their being ladies where Emily had compromised herself. There are many references made to the whole town feeling pity toward Miss Emily, yet there was no real attempt from anyone to find out what was going on. It seems as if she was more of a novelty to the town. Someone whom several generations passed down stories about her and her family while they watched the property become run down and Miss Emily isolate herself from everyone else. I also found it strange that even though the author says that Emily’s father left her penniless that she continued to get by for all those years.
... stay of Emily's family while she was dating Homer, Emily goes to ... any man that had an interest in Emily. Immediately after that she met Homer when the town council paved the sidewalks. During the ... for an unknown reason. When Emily finally dies and the town goes into the house and finds Homer's body upstairs Faulkner leaves ...
The only act of kindness or charity I saw toward Miss Emily was Colonel Sartor is waiving her taxes for so many years. There is no reference to the rose mentioned in the title. As she did not lead a life of joy or pleasure, were they referring to the burial roses purchased for Emily?