Does Emily Commit Two Murders in "A Rose for Emily"?Where does it implied that Emily killed her father?  My English teacher told us to write an essay about Emily's murders of the two men closest...

Does Emily Commit Two Murders in "A Rose for Emily"?

Where does it implied that Emily killed her father?  My English teacher told us to write an essay about Emily's murders of the two men closest to her: her father and Homer. I can not figure out where the narrator implies that Emily killed her father.

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ianthe | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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Although I have never interpreted the story as implying that Emily killed her father, one of my college students did interpret the story that way a couple of years ago.  In his analytical essay, he argued his point with textual evidence, including the fact that she kept the body at home for three days; as an earlier post mentions, this implies to some readers that she was hiding something.  And the rather frequent mention in the story that Emily's father "drove away" all potential suitors was seen by my student as motive.  Though the evidence is, in my opinion, rather weak, the interpretation is possible.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I have never read this story that way.  It doesn't seem feasible that Emily would murder her father when she worshiped and obeyed him so.  Obviously, she was unhappy with him for running off all her potential husbands, but would she really kill him over this?  I don't think so.  She was brought up in a strict Southern Aristocratic lifestyle and daddy ruled the roost.  The reason she wouldn't let the community in after her father's death was that she couldn't allow the only constant in her life for so many years to just leave her.  She was being shocked into reality...whatever that was for her...and she couldn't deal with it. 

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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I've never interpreted the story with the belief that Emily killed her father; however, others may have.  I would suggest looking at the eNotes guide on this story under "Criticism" for further information.  You can also consult the Gale Reference Series for literature for possible information about this.

A possible implication may be that Emily did not let the townspeople in the house to get her father's body for about 3 days.  Some critics would say that she didn't do this because she simply couldn't let go.  Others might say she did this because she was covering up the murder and perhaps having Tobe clean up after it.  

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loralynne89 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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I agree with post 2

I think this quote supports why she clung to his body so long:

"We remembered all the young men her father had driven away, and we knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will."

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