...we knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will.
These lines from Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" describe the inner reality of both Miss Emily Grierson and Mrs. Minnie Wright, two repressed and alienated women. When all the suitors of Miss Emily have been dismissed and her way of life as an aristocrat of the South has ended, Emily clings to the old house and the old Negro in the pretense of the old life. With only shadows of the past, the isolated Emily is abandoned by Homer Barron, who brings her the only hope of a future. When he does return to town, she refuses to allow him to leave her in the only way that she can--she murders him.
Likewise, Mrs. Wright, once one of the town girls who joyously sang in the choir in town as a youth, loses her old life to that of being a lonely woman married to a cruel, taciturn, and spiritless man, locked away on a lonesome farm that is miles from others. In desperation, she acquires a...
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