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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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saraforjesus | Student

because he was gay and he was using her to tell the town that he is not and he is straight but in face he wasn't!

enoteslearner | Student

In fear that he would leave her, she killed him so that he could never leave her. I would think its because she has adbandament issues because her father died, other answers say its because he was'nt planning on marrying her, but she never wanted him to leave.