Can anyone give me some ideas of belonging relating to "A Rose for Emaily"? I'm stuck...

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troutmiller eNotes educator| Certified Educator

From the beginning Emily has never really belonged to the community of Jefferson.  Her father never let her date, fearing that no man was good enough for his daughter.  After his death, she rarely left the house.  She never was a part of the community, and yet she was almost an obsession of the people of the town all of the years she lived there.  The women in the town did not accept her relationship with Homer Baron.  It was "a disgrace to the town."  The men, on the other hand, felt that she should never be involved "with a Yankee."

When she owed taxes, Colonel Sartoris created a story to get her out of paying them.  He chose to do that out of respect for her and her long family line.  That shows that she fit into society even though she kept to herself.  At the end of the story after her death, they have to force their way into her bedroom.  They were so obsessed with what was in that house and what she had been keeping from them.  So even though she never really physically belonged to the town, she was a central figure and belonged to them whether she wanted to or not.