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What does Homer Barron's name represent in "A Rose for Emily"?

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If you look up the word baron in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, you see that the first entry defines baron as a member of a tenant class who gets his rights and title by doing some honorable service to a feudal superior (i.e., someone higher in class than he). In a way, we might read Homer Barron as such a baron, figuratively speaking: he rescues Miss Emily from the pity that so many people in the town feel for her—this could be interpreted as his honorable service to her. Further, his association with her could sort of raise him up, though not enough to be social equals, of course, especially if they were to marry. Further, his first name, Homer, could reflect the way he seems to make himself at home , even with his social superiors. Homer...

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