Great climatic scenes are based upon the enthralling passions of first loves naiveté.
‘A novelty’ you think; for clearly you are unworthy of such devotion and unconditional
affection. Irrationally you believe love is eternal; blinding you from reality. As if you are
superior to the effects of time and circumstances. Yet what it does is make you soar to the
highest precipice of happiness, only to have your equilibrium destroyed by potent wind,
plummeting you back to earth. Battered and bruised your trudging recovery is hindered with
sorrows shackled weight. Such is the story of young Emily Morrison and her first love(r),
Art(uro) Rodriguez, in ‘Detour for Emmy,’ written by Marilyn Reynolds.
Young Emily is a bright lady with biased eye towards Art and when she relied on him
for his love, understanding and support he simply could not handle his looming fate. With a
cowards mentality he denies, accuses, attempts to coerce her decision with threats and
guilt by pointing out his cousin Roger’s circumstance with his juvenile girlfriend, Yolanda,
and their child. Caustically questioning “Is that what you want?…she’s quit school, she’s
home all day with her baby…look at her.” When asked about Roger he says: “He’s outside
drinking beer…Trying to escape the baby trap.”
When all else has failed he abandons her with these words: “I did love you, Em…
... and fears and she actually listens and understands. Love is when you share the same glass, because ... rather than complaining she starts kissing you instead. Love is when you carry ALL the shopping bags ... remembers a carton of milk for breakfast cereal. Love is when you find yourself having a great ... holding hands and neither remembers initiating the contact. Love is when she comes over to your place and ...
maybe after you get an abortion… But I just can’t handle having a pregnant girlfriend.” A
callous move for someone who claims to love them with fervor. He makes a very strategic
maneuver of extraction from what he considers to be a difficult situation. Then to prove his
immunity to her distress he distracts himself with another young woman, Amy, whom she
spitefully makes known of their interactions by casually calling out a farewell to Art by a
nickname with blatant meaning.
Arturo Rodriguez comes from a family who has ‘crapped out’ on Fates’ roll. Living
under his brothers tarnished memory he has become victim to his fretfully-snobbish
mother’s prospects. Including his very own burdened expectation of becoming the
morning’s sun that erases all trace of darkness, yet, – as we all know – shadows always
loom where lights purity cannot touch. He has diligently and studiously spent his years
perfecting his image as mother’s golden child, while preparing for his future’s destination:
Stanford University. All seems to have been vanquished after Emily informs him of her
pregnancy. He doesn’t wish to believe it but as time passes he realizes the truth behind her
tragic words. By abandoning her, he ‘selfishly’ believes he can retain his imagined future.
Emily, thus goes through the pregnancy with only the support of her reliable friend,
Tammy, her loving but delinquent brother, David, and the tentative support of her mother,
Barbara, whom has emotionally been detached to her children by issues of her own. With
Art’s feigned ignorance of her existence, she has her daughter, Rose (named after her dear,
deceased grandmother), alone at the hospital surrounded by figures unknown.
Art is merely a painful memory after Rosie’s birth but time is ever changing and Art
wishes to atone. His performance is marvelous and Emily extends the courtesy of her
forgiveness and heart to one undeserving as he. With fluid words, that hold little conviction,
he promises his love and presence to both. Ashamed of being seen with either he refuses
to go within publics’ view. Wishing, at his own will, to reveal their relationship and Rose’s
... The elderly woman in the art is very much like that of Emily when she has lost her father ... the center of attention, much like that of Emily. Emily is the talk of the town, the outcast, ... humanity and opportunities she could have been offered. Emily didn't have an individualistic nature. She was ... . "A Rose for Emily," encounters the moral dilemma of aging and prosperity to love. The idea of religion ...
parentage to his family. All does not go well, for on the promised day, excuses spew from
false lips. Tired of being treated as merely a convenience to Arts whims, Emily, with the
support of her brother and friend Bobby, courageously confronts the Rodriguez family with
Rose’s relation to them.
Truly pitiful to read as Art refuses to even acknowledge Emily’s revelation. His kind
father’s words ring true as he looks into his disdainfully distressed wife’s eyes and
pronounces “ You shame me, Karlita…and Arturo, with your high ideas…who turns his
back on his own baby.” Emily eyes are unclouded with loves diminished effect and she
finally grasps Art’s shortcomings and diverges off the path of sorrow: “I don’t love him
anymore” and “I don’t respect him.”