A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner
Emily was a woman that cannot be described without a the words “ not quite normal”,
and “extra ordinary.” The story, “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner is about one
woman’s life, from her being a teen to her death in her house. The town’s people did not
like her, her family did not like her, but when she died, everybody showed up to Miss
The only person to see Emily was her old manservant, a black man that was the cook
and the gardener. The only time that the town would see him was when her went to the
grocery store to shop. He would never talk to anybody while he was there.
The end of her life never saw Emily out of her house. The town questioned this, but
Emily soon just became another story with the town.
Miss Emily was not always alone. When she was younger, her father lived at the
house with her. He was a man without his sanity. When ever a male would come to the
house to see Emily, he would great them at the door, and see them off before Emily could
even say hello. The town used this excuse for Emily when her father died. He was dead
for three days before she would let the coroner to take him out of the house. This can be
seen as the beginning of Emily’s decent to madness.
Emily was not always without a man. The town was getting sidewalks put in, and a
group of colored men from the north was called in to build them. Their Foreman went
by the name of Homer Barron.
We began to see him (Homer) and
Miss Emily on Sunday afternoons
driving in the yellowed-wheeled
It was at this time that Emily bought poison from the druggist. The town thought that she
was to kill herself, but her talk of marriage to Homer changed that.
Emily and Homer started to get to know each other quite well during his time there.
But it was a relationship that was to pass.
…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
was not a marrying man.
Soon, after the work had been finished, the men were gone, and Homer Barron was but
This is about the time that Emily stopped going out. She used to teach town children
china painting, but they grew old, and they did not carry their children on. Soon, the only
element of Emily’s household to be seen...