After her father’s death, all Emily had left was her house and no money. For this reason she was in denial of the fact that she owed house tax which she knew she would be unable to pay. If she is unable to pay the tax it could lead her to becoming homeless. It was easier for her to pretend the problem didn’t exist than face it then deal with the consequences. Emily believed her denial so strongly that she outwardly ignored letters as well as turned away the city’s authorities saying “(she) had no taxes in Jefferson” (145).
“Miss Emily’ William Faulkner’s short story, “A Rose for Emily” (1930), illustrates that Emily was a reclusive, stubborn, “daddy’s girl” with abandonment issues. Emily is portrayed as a recluse due to her extreme lack of interaction with the town’s people, so much so, that the town’s people more or less seen her as a mysterious town monument. After her death, the entire town attended her funeral, either out of respect for “..a fallen monument..” (Faulkner 1) or simply “..out of curiosity to see the inside of her house..” (Faulkner 1). She was someone they traded stories about, but rarely saw, like an old myth. To illustrate Faulkner’s portrayal of Emily’s stubbornness, he describes her unwillingness to pay taxes.
And if Emily weren?t born in the aristocratic Grierson, her life couldn't be alienated far away from the others around her. Having been the only daughter of a noble family, Emily was overprotected by her father who 'had driven away' all the young men wanting to be close to her. As a result of that, when she got to be thirty, she was still alone. It was Mr. Grierson who alienated his daughter from the normal life of a young woman. If she weren't born in the Grierson, if she didn?t have an upper-class father, she could get many relationships with many young men in order to find herself an ideal lover.
Also, there is little to no communication between Muriel and Seymour because throughout the entire novel they do not exchange any words with each other at all, which is strange since they are married to each other. The lack of communication between Muriel and mother is displayed throughout the entire novel. For example, Muriel's mother and Muriel are talking over the phone and say, “I've been worried to death about you. Why haven't you phoned? Are you all right?
This problem resulted in her financial dependence. Being so introverted even caused her to drop out of business college. She had embarrassed herself by getting sick during class and refused to go back. Without having any schooling she could not support herself and had to rely on her mother and brother. Tom worked at a meaningless warehouse job and giving up all his dreams of a better life to provide for her.
While once grand and respected, both the house and its owner had become antiquated and run down. The home itself was in a type of stasis, as Miss Emily had rejected modernization of her home and lifestyle. As expected, this eccentricity gave the community all the more reason to scrutinize her. Hence, she became even more reclusive to the degree that no one had seen the inside of her house for at least ten years. Miss Emily lived in the family home with only Tobe, her man-servant.
But what choices she made, turned her into a perpetrator. “It came to me that Mayella Ewell must have been the loneliest person in the world.” Upon hearing this, I thought of Mayella as a victim. She had eight other people in her house with her, but no one ever helped her with chores or shown any affection for her. When asked if she had friends, she seemed completely confused by the idea of having friends. She wasn’t accepted into society because of who her family was.
It is apparent that Rochester and her never saw eye to eye and that they had never gotten a chance to know each other before they had gotten married. So essentially they were screwed by their families. In the sense that Rochester’s family pushed him into a marriage just for the money. Also, the fact that Bertha’s family went along with this so called arranged marriage. They were young, and they never thought to slow down and think.
I arrived to this conclusion because the story describes how Elisa’s husband hardly ever showed any interest in her, and that she would never get any type of attention, so she felt for an stranger’s trap in the search for attention. 5. Why did she cry like an old woman? Because she felt like a beautiful woman again, but all of that was a game that an stranger had played on her in order for her to let him fix some pots in her garden. 6.
Emily could be characterized as crazy because she kept her father’s dead body, killed the man she loved, and slept with a dead body for the latter years of her life. Emily was raised by a father who was far too overprotective. He believed that their family was better than everyone else. Therefore every man who came in contact with Emily was never good enough for her to him. In this way Emily was sheltered her entire life.