Do you think the towns people restrained her for having a relationship with Homer?

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brendawm eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To be perfectly honest, I do believe that Homer did posess free will, which leads me to believe that the townspeople weren't totally to blame for the restrained relationship Emily had with him.  On the other hand, when viewed in terms of society and the effects that people and their thoughts and opinions can have on others and their actions, I would have to say that the townspeople probably had as much to do with the failure of the doomed relationship as anything else.  I'm not sure if you are familiar with a quote, I believe it is from No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre, "Hell is other people," but it seems so fitting in this situation doesn't it?  Brenda

sasnyder | Student

There were many different aspects of the story that lead me to believe that it would not work out. 

1. Homer was a northerner, Emily was a southerner (big deal in these days)

2. There is a line that could lead you to believe that he was a black man, "... a big, dark, ready man, with a big voice and eyes whiter than his face. (if he was black, that would be socially unacceptable)

3. it also says "Homer himself had remarked- he liked men, and it was known that he drank with the younger men in the Elks' Club- that he was not the marrying man.

4. then ladies in the town began to talk about how this relationship would be a disgrace.... this could relate to all of the above speculations that I have.

I dont know if this makes you think at all.... but these are some of my thoughts on the subject.