So in order to maintain him in her life Emily chose to kill him alternatively of covering with the shame of being left all entirely yet once more. We now know the sins of the people of Jefferson, and they reveal themselves to be small-minded and morbid. If the attitudes of the narrator toward Emily Grierson are exactly the same over three generations, it means that that the attitudes of the entire society have not changed over three generations. Being jilted and having it publicly known would be too severe a blow to a Southern lady of the gentility. But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. If this question is bubbling around in your head after … reading the story, a second reading would be a really good idea. Many critics accused Faulker of writing a shallow, exploitative horror story.
Faulkner uses the point of view of the first person plural spread over three generations of post Civil War south. The town is more than just the setting in the story; it takes on its own characterization alongside Emily the main character. But the law requires you to tell what you are going to use it for. Then after he died she was not really able to find anyone to love her. It is not until the very end of the story until the reader actually understand what she has done.
She even told her visitors that he was still alive, although they knew he was deceased. This explains the horrid stench that emitted fromMiss Emily's house 40 years previously. She needed to have sex with him to complete the marriage. She is doing what she feels necessary in response to the pressure placed on her by the town. Both the town and Miss Emily herself, now looked upon Miss Emily as the only remnant of that greater time. She then goes on to describe the house in the once upscale neighborhood but now full of cotton gins and such.
With a wave of his hand, he could declare that black women must not appear on the streets unless wearing an apron a relic from the days of slavery , and that someone needn't pay taxes. The hierarchical regime of the Griersons and the class system of the time where by ordinance of the mayor- Colonel Sartoris, a Negro women could not even walk the street without an apron, had changed into a place where even the street on which Miss Emily lived, that had once been the most select, had now been encroached and obliterated, her house an eyesore among eyesores. Her life was always being talked about and the whole town knew what she was thinking when she was outside but the minute she stepped inside she was only the person being speculated about. The hierarchical regime of the Griersons and the class system of the time where by ordinance of the mayor- Colonel Sartoris, a Negro women could not even walk the street without an apron, had changed into a place where even the street on which Miss Emily lived, that had once been the most select, had now been encroached and obliterated, her house an eyesore among eyesores. This means that he was the only person to stay with her through the good and bad times, and as Emily aged so did he. Through insanity, one can triumph over reality. The gloomy tone of the story is set by the author beginning his tale with the funeral of Miss Emily.
The action of this story takes place in a time filled with social and political turmoil, when Southern came into a historical lethargy, and when its glow start faded. Her actions are gruesome and horrible, but there is a quality of dignity and courage about her that commands respect. For Emily and also for the townspeople time is relative, the past is an ever-present realm in Jefferson. Faulkner's use of this particular time-period or genre, is successful in giving the reader an understanding or background to the values and beliefs of the characters in the story. Both the town and Miss Emily herself, now looked upon Miss Emily as the only remnant of that greater time. It also emphasizes Miss Emily's insanity, isolation. Faulkner portrays the townspeople and Emily in the southern town of Jefferson during the late 1800's to early 1900's.
This could be attributed to the fact that as the times are changing, they need someone to restore or uphold their southern pride or majesty and as she is a Grierson, she is their only link to that past. In this period the main character has invited his aunt Lucy to come and stay with him. The actions of Miss Emily range from eccentric to absurd but it is the readers understanding of the setting that keep the story believable. Was she insane, or just some fantastic brand of insular, or perhaps selfish, that she thought what she did was. She is also not accepting of the changing times and flat out refuses to change with them. Emily Grierson is a lonely, mysterious woman, who lives with her father in a large, post civil war era home. Soon, a horrible smell permeatesthe town.
So in order to keep him in her life Emily chose to kill him instead of dealing with the shame of being left all alone yet again. She was insane but her love for Homer was real and the town realized that. Mood defined — how the story makes the reader feel. Another bit of irony is that Emily purchases arsenic with theobvious intent of killing Homer Barron. It makes you experience sorry for Ms. The hierarchical regime of the Griersons and the class system of the time where by ordinance of the mayor- Colonel Sartoris, a Negro women could not even walk the street without an apron, had changed into a place where even the street on which Miss Emily lived, that had once been the most select, had now been encroached and obliterated, her house an eyesore among eyesores.
A dominant tone is shown by a footprint of the past and loneliness to which was added symbolism and melancholia. Thus the story becomes one about the society itself as much as it is about Emily Grierson. This relates Southern Gothic Literature because the mood showed the readers how it represents the style of literature. She is still trying to maintain the role of the southern women, dignified and proper while struggling with all the other issues in her life and dealing with the madness that is said to run in her family. How does the remission of taxes by Col. Emily's life is very much like the house, once cared for but is left to diminish.
This is how you prove. When she eventually met a adult male he showed her the attending that she had ever wanted. She seemed to fall in love with him and he saw the relationship in a wholly different visible radiation. The narrator describes a long illness that Emily suffers after this incident. A woman named Miss Emily, brought up in the world of a high socialite, is shown to have a fatal issue with letting go of the past and starting new beginnings. The street on which the house is situated had once been the most select one in town; now it harbors garages, gas pumps, and cotton gins.