In the story, "A Rose for Emily," what is the significance of Emily's relationship with her father in regards to what happens with Homer?

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We are told of only two significant men in the life of Miss Emily Grierson: her father and Homer Barron. Her father was a very strict man who discouraged many of Emily's suitors, and his control over her lasted until his death. After he died, Emily refused to allow the body to be taken from the home until she was forced to do so. Homer's hold over Emily was similar. Homer had a commanding presence, and Emily obviously became quite attached to him. When it came time for Homer to leave, Emily did not want to give him up, either. We only find out at the end of the story that, unlike her father's body, Emily was successful in keeping Homer with her.

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