There's only warning we want to give you before you take the plunge—this story might make you eager to explore the rest of Faulkner's fictional county of Yoknapatawpha. When the present mayor and aldermen insist Miss Emily pay the taxes which she had been exempted from, she refuses and continues to live in her house. She sees murder as the only way to keep Homer with her permanently, and she treats him as if he is her husband even after she has murdered him. Most families went smoothly into the transition and others, like the Griersons, did not. It's certainly one of the most anthologized. But even if we start learning to ropes of loss at a gentle pace, we end up facing down more and more loss as we grow older.
Authorities came o her house to solve the issue between them. When members of the Board of Aldermen pay her a visit, in the dusty and antiquated parlor, Emily reasserts the fact that she is not required to pay taxes in Jefferson and that the officials should talk to Colonel Sartoris about the matter. Alice Petry introduces a different type of critical response that is not focused on the usual subjects. Homer soon becomes a popular figure in town and is seen taking Emily on buggy rides on Sunday afternoons, which scandalizes the town and increases the condescension and pity they have for Emily. The story takes place in the South shortly after the Civil War, and while Homer is not necessarily unwelcome to the town, he does stand out. The narrator is the voice of the people who live in Jefferson, and tells the story in a series of memories in no chronological order. He became old and stooped from all of his work while Emily grew large and immobile.
Not a soul would enter her house. Like the only people who can actually read his work are PhD students-hard. A theme of respectability and the loss of, is threaded throughout the story. Her community clings to antiquated values about women, race, money, and morality. Emily's tragedy is her environment, changing quickly and with volatility, causing her to cling to the past in hopes of stopping the change from occurring. The story is an allegory for the change that the South dealt with after the Civil War, with Emily representing the resistance of that change. She poisons him and keeps him locked away in her room; she did not want to lose the only other person she had ever loved, so she made his stay permanent.
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. The reader is only shown Emily from an external perspective, we can not ascertain whether she acts in a rational manner or not. In what becomes an annual ritual, Emily refuses to acknowledge the tax bill. Had the story been told in a linear fashion, this understanding would have been lost, something Faulkner knew and incorporated into the story. She refuses to pay her taxes because she didn't have to pay them when her father was alive.
The author successfully gives the reader a general sense of how the people of Jefferson felt towards Emily and those closest to her throughout her life. Fiction, Joyce Carol Oates, Narrative 788 Words 3 Pages that time, the Napoleonic Code stated that women were controlled by their husbands and cannot freely do their own will without the authority of their husband. The mayor of the town, Sartoris, made a to overlook her taxes as an act of charity, though it was done under a pretense of repayment towards her father to assuage Emily's pride after her father had died. The cousins - Emily's extended relatives from Alabama. Colonel Sartoris - The former mayor who remitted Emily's taxes.
This, along with the fact that he is seemingly courting Emily, sets him apart from all of the other characters in the story. The story is told by an unnamed narrator in the first person collective. In the same way, the title reveals as much as the debate over what the rose means. Emily's father kept her from seeing suitors and controlled her social life, essentially keeping her in isolation until his death, when she is 30 years old. The story is told by an unnamed narrator in the first person collective. Faulkner writing gains its poignancy from the use of his secondary literary purpose.
These two authors have a unique and interesting ways of writing their own stories that draws readers to. When a new city council takes over, however, they begin to tax her. She refuses to give up his corpse, and the townspeople write it off as her grieving process. She had a mental illness, an unavoidable fate, which her father must have sought to finally end by refusing to let Emily marry, which would have continued his line. Both are examples of the reflection of contemporary Southern American values in his work. She wears white, a symbol of innocence and purity. Grierson dies, Emily enters in denial and keeps his body.
Emily now being alone with no one to take care of her, so to speak she receives some type of sympathetic curiosity from the townsfolk. Emily continuing to sleep next to Homer's body can be seen as the south holding on to an ideal that is no longer feasible. The women then become repressed and struggle with acceptance. This is shown in the story through Emily's conflicts with the town and her refusal of cooperation. Watkins enjoys this story in its entirety, and is impressed by Faulkner's ordering, as building suspense was an important aspect in the response. In fact, it's so excellent that it's often cited as William Faulkner's best short story—and even one of the best American short stories of the 20th Century.
On the contrary, Abner Snopes is a loud, fiery-tempered man that most people tend to avoid. In both the 1983 film and the classic short story, the Griersons are stuck-up, utterly insane, and diminish into a pitiful forename. She was never able to grow, learn, live her life, start a family, and marry the one she truly loved. Thomas wrote about an idea introduced to him by his students, that Homer was homosexual, possibly providing another reason for his murder. This is shown by her keeping his clothes in the room, keeping his engraved wedding items on the dresser, and even sleeping with him, all acts that normal married couples do.