“A Rose for Emily”, written by William Faulkner, is a short story about the reclusive spinster Miss Emily Grierson. The story begins in her family home on the day of her funeral. Miss Emily passed away at the age of seventy-four. Once a beautiful and commanding house, the Grierson family home is now in a state of disrepair. The story of Miss Emily is then told to the reader in flashback.
Miss Emily was born during the American Civil War in Jefferson, Mississippi. Her family was well-respected, but her father was very strict. Although there was much social change taking place in the "New South", Miss Emily was raised to respect the traditions of the "Old South," and she maintained these traditions and values into adulthood.
Alive, Miss Emily had been a tradition, a duty, and a care; a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town...
Although she wished to be bound by the traditions of marriage, imagining herself as the perfect Victorian wife, she remained a spinster until her death. Having been raised by her father to believe that they were of a much higher social class than their community, Miss Emily treated many suitors as unsuitable, and her community as beneath her.
However, when she becomes desperate to become married, she allows herself to be courted by Homer Barron, a working-class northerner. But when she discovers that he does not want to be married, she kills him and lives with his body in the house. The body of Homer is not discovered until after her death;
For a long time, we just stood there, looking down at the profound and fleshless grin. The body had apparently once lain in the attitude of an embrace, but now the long sleep that outlasts love, that conquers even the grimace of love, had cuckolded him.