In "A Rose for Emily," was Emily really deprived of love? In "A Rose for Emily," was Emily really deprived of love?
If Emily was deprived of love, I believe it was a self-deprivation. Her father taught her that the Griersons were better than other people and that no one was good enough for her. It is telling that the only gentleman whom Emily allows to call on her is a Yankee, someone from outside her own community. She isolated herself from other people. No one deprived her of anything.