rose of emily Essay

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Emily Lost her Mind When thinking about someone going crazy, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Either they are deranged, damaged, or chaotic. In William Faulkner’s short story “A Rose for Emily,” the title character has officially lost her mind. Miss Emily is all of the above. The hurt and pain of her past is what caused her to go crazy. Her father’s death damaged her almost completely. Emily had a very close relationship with her father. This was mostly due to him being the only man in her life. This lack of another man in her life made accepting her father’s death very hard for Emily. She refused to believe that her father was dead and would not allow anyone in the house to dispose of the body. People even called and dropped by the house to give Miss Emily their condolences. It was her denial that leads her to believing that her father was still alive. Behavior like that was unacceptable because holding on to body was unsanitary. She needed closer and the only way was to let go but Miss Emily was not ready to do so. Emily Grierson was an old lady who was very deranged. She showed this through different events in her life and how she reacted towards them. One was when Emily received a tax notice in the mail telling her that she had to pay taxes. When she received the tax notices in the mail, she simply threw them into the garbage or mailed them right back without response. At this point in time, Colonel Sartoris had been dead and there was no recollection in the city files of what he had told her. Because she had refused to send any money to pay her taxes, aldermen showed up at her door to settle the situation. Still, nothing was solved Miss Emily was comfortable in her own world. Paying taxes or even acknowledging that Colonel Sartoris is dead means she would have to deal with reality. Emily’s seclusion from others and dependency on her father is

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