He is later found dead and decomposed in Emily's bedroom after her funeral. Unlike other writers of his era, such as John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway, who usually narrate their stories in a strictly linear progression, Faulkner violates all chronological sequences. Themes of the Story Faulkner's 'A Rose for Emily' can be analyzed on multiple levels. Some parts of the story are repeated, such as Homer's disappearance, the idea that Emily and Homer will get married, and Emily's refusal to pay taxes, also indicating that the narrator is a voice for the town. Learn about how her eccentric life highlighted tensions surrounding change in the South and how death and other Gothic elements tie this story together.
The two female cousins from Alabama arrived and held the funeral. Faulkner alludes to the possibility that Emily had kept her father's corpse in her home. The town heavily disapproves of the affair and brings Emily's cousins to town to stop the relationship. Some argue that the major tension in the story is Southern pride versus Northern influences. Emily stuck out from the rest of the town as a figure stuck in the past, desperately trying to cling to old traditions and ways of life. By February, however, there was no reply.
Then, the narrator tells us that shortly after Emily's trip to the pharmacy, the town stopped seeing Homer around. Homer was a working class fellow, not good enough for Emily by most standards. 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. Emily has become a : she is never seen outside of the house, and only rarely accepts people into it. She repeats that Colonel Sartoris has told her she has no taxes in Jefferson, though the Colonel had been dead for almost a decade.
Her entire existence was a puzzle for the townspeople to piece together. The story's accessibility is the result of its versatility, for which it is praised. Her hair turns gray, she gains weight, and she eventually dies in a downstairs bedroom that hasn't seen light in many years. The reason for his refusal to let Emily court men is not explained in the story. He proposes that Emily did not kill Homer because of her own insecurities, but also because he did not reciprocate her romantic feelings. Recently the topic of whether or not Homer is homosexual has been discussed and whether or not it factors into the story.
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. However, the next generation of town leaders came to find the tax arrangement with Miss Emily dissatisfactory; so one January they mailed her a notice of taxes due. We know, for example, that Colonel Sartoris remits Miss Emily's taxes in 1894, and that he has been dead for at least ten years when she confronts the new aldermen. Many readers consider Emily to be a necrophiliac. Time passes and Miss Emily grows older. It will all sort of make sense in the end.
A necrophiliac refers to someone who likes to have sex with corpses. The entire community attends Emily's funeral, but as the narrator suggests, no one really knew Emily. Faulkner's 'A Rose for Emily' is often noted for its suspense. When the town noticed Emily and Homer spending time together, the town frowned upon the union. Some time passed, and Emily grew very overweight.
The narrator describes an Emily sighting that occurred after her father's death: 'When we saw her again, her hair was cut short, making her look like a girl, with a vague resemblance to those angels in colored church windows - sort of tragic and serene. Emily's relationship to corpses both her father's and Homer's suggests that Emily had a desire for the dead. The townspeople hold a funeral service for her out of obligation. This creepy element offers a Gothic feel to this story. Homer's body could be the dried rose, such as one that is pressed between the pages of a book, kept in perfect condition as Emily did with Homer's body.
Also, Emily may have had a fetish for dead people. Only a few specific dates are mentioned in the story, but a close reading makes it possible to assign certain sequential events. It is generally unknown if Homer reciprocates the romantic feelings Emily has for him. Many people feel compelled to protect her, whereas others feel free to monitor her every move, hovering at the edges of her life. Rhetorical Strategies and Genre Conventions in Literary Studies: Teaching and Writing in the Disciplines. Also, this story is considered Gothic.
Yet her cousins departed within the week, and Homer returned to her within three days of their departure, leading the townspeople to suspect that it was only the haughty cousin who had driven Homer away. The story is Faulkner's best example of these forms because it contains unimaginably dark images: a decaying mansion, a corpse, a murder, a mysterious servant who disappears, and, most horrible of all, necrophilia — an erotic or sexual attraction to corpses. The story is presented to the reader in a non-chronological order; this suggests that the story is being patched together by multiple people. 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. The Journal of Narrative Technique.
This could suggest that he resented Emily, or at the very least disliked working for her, as he does not mourn her or stay for her funeral. The reason for Sartoris remitting her taxes is never given, only that he told Emily it was because her father loaned the money to the town. And as a salute, he handed her a rose. 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. And death is an obvious theme. There seems to be some type of dispute between Emily and the cousins, indicated by them living far away from Emily and the fact that they did not go to Emily's father's funeral.