Why did Emily murder Homer Barron in "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner?

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Miss Emily Grierson, the protagonist, in “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner had not lived an easy life.  Her life was filled with loss, poverty, and loneliness.  Yet, Emily was an icon in her home town. Everyone knew Emily and had an interest in knowing about her. 

Reason 1-Father’s interference

At one time, Emily would have been called a “flower of the old south.” She had young men that were interested in her.  Emily’s father had other ideas for his daughter.  She was his companion. They went on rides together.    He did not allow her to have “beaus,” possibly because he wanted her for himself. In addition, he may have thought that none of her boyfriends were worthy of her hand in marriage.

Reason 2- Left penniless

Regardless of his reasoning, Emily’s father died when she was about thirty and left her entirely alone and...

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