This Is An Essay On "A Rose For Emily" By William Faulkner. It's About The Loneliness Of Ms. Emily Grierson And How It Drives Her Insane.

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The Lonely Life of Ms. Emily GriersonIn the course of one's life, a person must once experience the overwhelming feeling of loneliness, or the state of being without company. Being impossible to avoid, loneliness inflicts everyone at some point in their life. The sadness and grief of being alone is often pensive and unbearable, yet sometimes can be peaceful and meditative. Loneliness, just like any other emotion, has an immense power to transform a person's attitude, thoughts, and behavior. Sometimes, being alone can give a person the chance to reflect and think, and depending on their attitude, can cause them to react in a responsible or even a hateful way. In the story, "A Rose for Emily", this feeling of solitariness inundates Ms. Emily Grierson, and she is eventually driven insane by it.The author of "A Rose for Emily", William Faulkner, was born in New Albany, Mississippi on September 25, 1897. His grandfather was a writer, and he enjoyed poetry at an early age. He was raised near the University of Mississippi at Oxford, where he eventually studied English, Spanish, and French. He began writing poems and short stories in the 1920s and eventually began to write novels. His most famous works include Sartoris, The Sound and the Fury, and As I Lay Dying (DLB 78-81). In "A Rose for Emily", the reader sees a woman, Emily Grierson, live a lifetime of loneliness, and how she reacts to it. Emily Grierson's loneliness can be attributed to three main factors: her father, her secluded lifestyle, and Homer Barron's rejection.The first reason why Emily Grierson is so lonely is because of her father. Throughout her life, her father had been very overprotective. Like royalty, the Griersons held very high standards for themselves. Emily's father would not allow her a suitor because "none of the young men were quite good enough for Miss Emily and such" (167). He would often drive away any young men who came near Emily. Except for her father, Emily had no one, so when her father passed away, she was left completely alone. For three days, Emily denied the death of her father, and she would not allow for his body to be taken for burial. Emily does this because "with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her"(168). It is at that moment that the feeling of aloneness begins to set in, and Emily Grierson begins to isolate herself.The second reason for Emily's loneliness is because of her secluded lifestyle. Miss Emily lives in such a mysterious way that the townspeople become curious about her and her private life. Being a very private person, Emily is rarely seen in public and hardly leaves her house. If anyone is ever seen leaving the house, it is her manservant, Tobe, who is mainly responsible for gardening and cooking. Throughout the story, it is seldom that anyone is seen entering the house. The text says, at one point, a deputation "knocked at the door through which no...

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