Grierson Is Insane In William Faulkner's A Rose For Emily

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Name: Prof. Wright EN 112-16 Freshman Composition 25 February, 2013 Emily Grierson is Insane In today's world, society's claims to insanity have become fairly common; however, over a century ago, the differences between sane and insane were easier to determine. This is especially true in the case of Emily Grierson, the protagonist of William Faulkner's story, "A Rose for Emily." William Faulkner ingenuously presented the state of insanity through the bizarre actions taken by Miss Emily. Word of Emily's mental state rose throughout the town, making her lunacy almost palpable among the air of meddlesome neighbors. The relationship with her father combined with the intense curiosity of the townspeople set the stage for the rise and fall…show more content…
The townspeople were awaiting the news that Emily committed suicide with the poison she purchased, but this news never surfaced. Miss Emily had no intentions of killing herself. With madness ruling her actions, Emily used the poison to preserve the love she had for Homer Barron. She killed him and kept his body in her home as an attempt to keep him by her side for eternity. After Emily wasted away in the house, the community once again pried into her life at the funeral. They entered her home and found the body of Homer Barron. Looking down at the foreman, the people said, "We saw a long strand of iron-gray hair." This strand of hair proved that Emily had been sleeping with Homer after his untimely demise. They were finally faced with true evidence of Miss Emily's insanity. In conclusion, William Faulkner gave his readers a clear view of Emily Grierson's insanity. He presented proof of her mental illness in the actions taken by her father, the townspeople, and Emily's personal self. Her overbearing father and interfering neighbors pushed Emily to the brink of madness. Through the peculiarity in the measures taken by Emily, the readers were able to visualize the line drawn between sanity and
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