Homer to help pave the sidewalks. Soon after coming

Homer
Barron is a Northerner who comes to town to help pave the sidewalks. Soon after
coming into town, he is seen “hanging around” with Miss Emily. Most of the
townspeople believed Miss Emily would marry him and get her happy ending. But
soon the town finds out about Homer hanging out with younger men at the club
and stating he is not the type of man to get married.  And to top it off, he makes a statement saying
he likes men. She was already going insane, so this just helped her get through
with ending Homer’s life. She must’ve thought there was something there and
when she found out all about him, it pushed her to the edge where she had to do
something about it. She would basically spoil this man with gifts and he denied
marrying her. I believe Miss Emily didn’t accept that type of behavior because
her own father would not allow men near her so she had no clue in what to do or
feel in these type of situations. She loved this man so much and she wanted to
stay with him forever, her only solution was to kill him.  “When
she had first begun to be seen with Homer Barron, we had said ‘She will marry
him.’ Then we said, ‘She will persuade him yet,’ because Homer himself had
remarked—he liked men, and it was known that he drank with the younger men in
the Elks’  Club—that he was not a
marrying man.” (45).

            Different types of symbolism being
portrayed. Everything the author uses as a symbol, is a major part of the
story. The story can be a bit confusing but if you understand where the
symbolism is coming from, you’ll for sure get what’s going on. As we begin the
story we see that the first symbolism being made is about Miss Emily’s home. As
you read the story, you see that her home is always looked from the outside in,
just like how they are with her. They basically judge her by her appearance. Her
house is old and falling apart, while the town is getting renovated. Here we
see how she stands by her traditional beliefs. Miss Emily’s home is described
as “a big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with
cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the
seventies, set on what had once been our most select street… only Miss Emily’s
house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton
wagons and the gasoline pumps – an eyesore among eyesores. (2). Miss Emily
Grierson is the main character in this story and she herself is a symbol by representing
the traditional values in a Southern society. She is treated with respect by
her town and she expects the town to treat her as a superior person. “Miss Emily has been a tradition, a duty,
and a care; sort of a hereditary obligation upon the town, dating from that day
in 1894 when Colonel Sartoris, the mayor – he who fathered the edict that no
Negro woman should appear on the streets without an apron-remitted her taxes,
the dispensation dating from the death of her father on into perpetuity. Not
that Miss Emily would have accepted charity. Colonel Sartoris invented an
involved tale to the effect that Miss Emily’s father had loaned money to the
town, which the town, as a matter of business, preferred this way of repaying.
(3). The author uses the following words: tradition, duty, and obligation
to emphasize in how the town treated Miss Emily and basically pointing out her
character qualities to us. She needed to be paying her taxes like everyone else
in that town but because the town felt obliged to care for her, they invented a
tale so she wouldn’t find out about the charity that was being given to her. We
get to see Miss Emily starting to show her insanity when she tells the towns
authority to talk to Colonel Sartoris, who has been dead for about 10 years,
about her taxes. And by her refusing to pay her taxes, it shows her incapacity
to change and actually face reality. Her
voice was dry and cold. “I have no taxes in Jefferson. Colonel Sartoris explained
it to me. Perhaps one of you can gain access to the city records and satisfy
yourselves.” “But we have. We are they city authorities, Miss Emily. Didn’t you
get a notice from the sheriff, signed by him?” “I received a paper, yes,” Miss
Emily said. “Perhaps he considers himself the sheriff…. I have no taxes in
Jefferson.” “But there is nothing on the books to show that, you see. We must
go by the –” “See Colonel Sartoris. I have no taxes in Jefferson.” (8-12).
The townspeople are embarrassed to confront Miss Emily and tell her about the
horrible smell coming from her home. According to Southern traditions, it would
be bad manners in telling a lady that she smells. So instead of confronting
her, a group of men sneak to her house in the middle of the night to spray lime
juice so it can get rid of the bad odor. “So
the next night, after midnight, four men crossed Miss Emily’s lawn and slunk
about the house like burglars, sniffing along the base of the brickwork and at
the cellar openings…. They broke open the cellar door and sprinkled lime there,
and in all the outbuildings. (26). When her father passes away, she refuses
to believe that he is gone. When people went to visit her and pay their
respects, she had “..no trace of grief on her face…” and “told them that her
father was not dead.” (29). With this, we can see that she is not able to face
reality and how much she depends on others. Towards the end of the story we get
to see another sign of her insanity which is when the readers and townspeople
find what was left of her lovers’ corpse in a room, laying down next to a
pillow that had a gray hair which indicates it is Emily hair. This is where
everyone finds out about Emily Grierson keeping her lovers dead body and sleeping
next to it.  “The man himself lay in the bed…” “What was left if him, rotted beneath
what was left of the nightshirt, had become inextricable from the bed in which
he lay; and upon him and upon the pillow beside him lay that even coating of
the patient and biding dust. Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the
indentation of a head…. We saw a long strand of iron-gray hair.” (61-63).

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            Other points that were shown throughout the
story was the role of women, and showing how they have bigger disadvantages
than the men and they are looked down at the most. Emily was taken care of her
whole life by others. Her father did not let her get married because he felt as
if no one was worthy of her and because of his actions, Miss Emily has no clue
in what to do. Miss Emily barely leaves her home, so she basically is trapped
in there. This might be one of the reasons why she loses her sanity and kills
Homer so that she can keep him. The mood of this short story is very dark,
creepy and a bit suspenseful. I feel like the major theme of the story was that
everyone will view reality differently. No one looks at something the same. The
way the author wrote this story was by giving the audience a set of flashbacks and
it wasn’t in chronological order, and he did the story from the townspeople
point of view. So anything being described, wasn’t by Emily herself. We got to
witness everyone’s opinions about her. Emily refusing to tell why she was
buying arsenic, insanity being part of her family’s history, the minister not
wanting to go back to Emily’s home, the terrible smell from the house, Homer
being a homosexual and disappearing, and Emily keeping the room on the top
floor locked were the different types of foreshadowing being used throughout
the story.  The irony that was
shown throughout the story was that even though Homer had said he was not the
marrying type, Emily was able to get him to stay with her by killing him, the
townspeople believed Emily saw herself as someone from a higher class but she
ended up falling in love with a common man, and the readers were not expecting
at all to find Homer’s rotting corpse in her home. He also gives death a whole
new meaning. It starts out the story with Emily’s death, and towards the middle
more deaths occur and at the ends he gives the audience what they were
suspecting. Emily did kill the man that she loved and she kept his body with
her. 

            Lastly, where is the rose that the title
says is for Emily? Roses are represented as naturally beautiful with an amazing
scent and are usually given as a present to loved ones. They are almost always
used at weddings. If you were to ask a woman what her favorite flower is, she
will most likely say a rose because it is beautiful and smells good. Emily was
never seen as a beautiful women and the one time her odor was talked about, was
when it was coming from her home but it was a horrible smell. I believe the
reason the title says what It says, is to represent something Emily Grierson
was never able to get.