Homer Barron was Gay-- DiscussDo you think Homer Barron was gay?

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e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I see why you would ask this question. Presented in today's context, the quote ("Homer wasnt the marrying type and he preferrded the company of men.") is suggestive of potential homosexuality. However, I believe that in this story, Faulkner's intention was to present Homer as a vagabond type; a man who was not prepared to settle down. 

The fact that he preferred the company of boys is suggestive, perhaps, of Homer's interest in being wild and frivolous. If he preferred the company of men, we might come to a different conclusion. 

It may be significant to point out that Homer does spend time with Miss Emily and seems to court her. 

The only notable exceptions to her isolation are her Sunday rides with Homer Barron...

If he were not at all interested in women, would he have visited her after dark and taken all those Sunday rides?

In the end, I would have to agree that there is no sure answer to this question though. 


charcunning eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think the quote that you are referring to just means that he liked "hanging with the guys". Doesn't seem like Homer was the marrying type--I think you'd be more likely to find him at the local pub having drinks with his friends on the construction crew.

He liked Emily...just not enough to make him change his ways and marry her...so she changed them for him!! :)

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

No.  He wooed Emily, he bedded Emily, she bought men's toiletry items with his initials carved in them...it is clear that she thought they would marry.  He must have had different ideas and planned to leave her which would have been detrimental to her reputation. So, she made sure he never left.  I see no evidence whatsoever that Homer was gay.

sharrons eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In response to 2, the evidence is, the narrator says "Homer wasnt the marrying type and he preferrded the company of men."  It is subtle, but I just wondered.......