After a week or two the smell went away. The narrator, a member of the town, tells the story of what transpires in a decaying old Southern house that is always under the watchful eye of the townspeople. Skinner argues against much of the criticism of the story. Whenever you heard a lot of laughing anywhere about the square, Homer Barron would be in the center of the group. .
Instead, four men were dispatched to investigate the smell in secret and to spread an odor-neutralizing agent, lime, on Miss Emily's property. Within a couple of weeks, the odor subsides, but the townspeople begin to pity the increasingly reclusive Emily, remembering how her great aunt had succumbed to insanity. Local legends and gossip trigger the main focus of his stories. Homer exhibits some signs of racial bigotry, a common trait of the Southern Gothic. Because she would him but he remarked persuade him so, she went to a druggist and bought a poison,the arsenic,that it was for rats. It is soon realized that Emily is watching them, which causes the entire town to pity her situation. In the story, symbolism is used to give more details than the author actually gives to the reader.
The reader must double as detective as each piece of the puzzle is revealed throughout the story. I think the conflict in the story is Miss Emily not being able to find love. To fully understand why Emily is the way that she is one must look past the obvious and truly look at Emily. The chivalric traditions of the Old South become diluted as time passes; so it is that the newer generation of town authorities attempt to exact taxes from Miss Emily—these leaders are not gallant, but they are pragmatic and democratic. Miss Emily had always been very sheltered by her father. William Faulkner was simply writing a sad story that can be related to anyone who has had hopes and aspirations, but has conflict within themselves and with others and who is unable to fulfill any of them.
As she aged, they saw her only through the windows on the main floor, she had evidently closed off the second floor of the house. This conclusion leads the reader to believe that Emily was crazy as the townspeople said many members of her family were known to be. They wrote her a formal letter, asking her to call at the sheriff's office at her convenience. However, when a new council took over, they began to tax her once again. However, Homer is gay and leaves town.
An author uses various elements such as point of view, the setting, and symbols to work toward the expression of one central idea. The audience might be confused at times but at the end of the story everything adds up and makes sense. Who would believe she would have murdered someone in order to have their love. We realize that, having been denied male companionship by her father, she is desperate for human love, so desperate that she commits murder and then uses her aristocratic position to cover up that murder. They feel that she is forgetting her family pride and becoming involved with a man beneath her station. So they sneaked to her house at night and they threw lime in her garden. Miss Emily then instructed Tobe to show the dissatisfied gentlemen out.
Rather than analyzing the characters, Skinner turns to form and ''point of view,'' which he argues ''will have immediate relevance for this story and, perhaps, for more of Faulkner's fiction. Later, they learned that Emily had bought a toilet set engraved with the letters H. It was another link between the gross, teeming world and the high and mighty Griersons. In what becomes an annual ritual, Emily refuses to acknowledge the tax bill. 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. As the story progresses, the author decides to jump all the way to the beginning when miss Emily was still a young woman and her father was still alive. The town heavily disapproves of the affair and brings Emily's cousins to town to stop the relationship.
The people took a closer look and they saw an indentation of a head on the pillow next to Homer ,with a grey hair on it. Grierson controlled Emily, and after his death, Emily temporarily controls him by refusing to give up his dead body. A Rose for Emily: Plot Summary is a short story divided into five sections: Section one opens with a description of the Grierson home and its setting in Jefferson. The Board of Aldermen met to discuss what to do, and rather than confront Miss Emily, as the young one suggested, they sneak over to her house and sprinkle lime around. Through his creative ability to use such techniques he is able to weave an intriguing story full of symbolism, contrasts, and moral worth.
Foreshadowing is also used to allude to the ending, in which the townspeople discover that Miss Emily has been living with the body of her dead sweetheart for many years. By doing so, he enhances the plot and presents two different perspectives of time held by the characters. After some time has passed, the door to a sealed upstairs room that had not been opened in forty years is broken down by the townspeople. Everybody in town acted differently to Miss Emily, but they all come together to one opinion that she was a woman who kept her life to herself at the all time. Already we knew that there was one room in that region above stairs which no one had seen in forty years, and which would have to be forced. One technique commonly found in literature is the use of images and symbols.
He does not tell his story in linear fashion, but rather jumbles the sequential order. Emily subscribes to her own moral code and occupies a world of her own invention, where even murder is permissible. The little boys would follow in groups to hear him cuss the niggers, and the niggers singing in time to the rise and fall of picks. Her influence on the community was significant, though she was a very independent character. By knowing that Faulkner's strongest influence was his independent mother, one can guess that Miss Emily Grierson's character was based partly on Maud Falkner.
He knows that Miss Emily is a proud woman of genteel upbringing, though, and that in her pride she would refuse charity, hence the story he invents. No one knows the reason that she cut her hair, all that happened between her and Homer, and why she locked herself in her house for such a long time. In section V, the narrator describes what happens after Emily dies. On a tarnished gilt easel before the fireplace stood a crayon portrait of Miss Emily's father. We should also note that the narrator of this story is a little odd—although not nearly as odd as Emily herself.