In William Faulkner's story "A Rose for Emily," is Emily Grierson guilty of murdering Homer Barron? What is the evidence?

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Faulkner does not spell out Emily's murder of Homer Barron in precise detail. After all, this is a slice of Southern Gothic, not a crime story. Instead he hints, insinuates, and suggests, leaving a long trail of breadcrumbs for the reader to follow.

Emily's purchase of arsenic prior to Homer's sudden disappearance is a bit of a dead giveaway (no pun intended). But Emily's reluctance to part with her father's corpse also raises a major red flag. This creepy incident—complete with a noticeable lack of grief on her face—would appear to indicate that Emily feels perfectly comfortable in sharing her house with a dead body....

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