Insanity in A Rose for Emily

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Insanity in “A Rose for Emily” Faulkner bases his short story off of actual people that he has seen and known from his hometown in Mississippi. He also makes up the setting in his short story to mimic his hometown, which he loves, and tells this short story through the eyes of the townspeople. William Faulkner in this short story “A Rose for Emily” uses foreshadowing to trace instances of insanity that lead to the shocking ending. Miss Emily Grierson has a rough childhood. Her father will not let her have relationships with men or even go out on one date with a man. Emily and her father do not have a very good relationship. Mr. Grierson passes away when Miss Emily is thirty yeas old. She does not realize what she has until it is gone. It is very hard on Miss Emily to accept her father’s death, so hard that she keep his body in the same place of his death for three days. The townspeople say, “poor Emily. Her kinfolk should come to her.” These are all instances of insanity. Another instance of insanity is when Miss Emily goes to buy arsenic. “‘I want some poison’ said Miss Emily, and doesn’t tell the druggist why”(704). The law says that one must state the reason that the poison is being bought, and it is strange that Miss Emily does not. But, the druggist gives it to her even though she does not say. The townspeople say, “She will kill herself”, but this is before she is seen with Homer. Also, Homer Barron, the man who has been seeing Miss Emily, unexpectedly disappears. “Everyone…said, ‘She will marry him.’…, ‘She will persuade him yet,’ because Homer himself had remarked—he liked men,….that he was not a marrying man”(704). Faulkner leads the reader to believe that Miss Emily has poisoned Homer Baron, which is an action of insanity. Next, William foreshadows insanity when Miss Emily’s house begins to smell extremely bad and the townspeople have to
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