Is Miss Emily Grierson a hero or a villain in "A Rose for Emily"?Most stories have a clear hero--a protagonist who faces great challenges and usually succeeds against them.  Is Miss Emily Grierson...

Is Miss Emily Grierson a hero or a villain in "A Rose for Emily"?

Most stories have a clear hero--a protagonist who faces great challenges and usually succeeds against them.  Is Miss Emily Grierson a hero or a villain?  Please include 2 quotations.

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Rarely can a cold-blooded killer be called a hero, and the case of Miss Emily Grierson is no exception. Although it may be possible to feel some sympathy for her, Miss Emily responds to rejection by murdering the man who declined to marry her. She planned to do so beforehand, purchasing rat poison for the purpose of giving it to Homer Barron. She may have considered him a rat for deciding to leave her, but poor Homer didn't deserve the end that came to him, nor was there anything heroic--symbolic, perhaps, but not heroic--in Emily's method of retaliation. Like her father's body, which Emily refused to allow to be removed from the house for several days, she was a possessive type who

...would have to cling to that which had robber her.

Why did she feel the need to do so? Perhaps it was due to her upbringing, since many townspeople believed the

...Griersons held themselves a little too high for what they really were.

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