Homer Barron is a Northern laborer who comes to Jefferson to help pave the sidewalks. Though the younger citizens of Jefferson dismiss his status as a Northerner, they come to appreciate Homer’s charisma and sense of humor. At first his relationship with Emily is a source of amusement and delight for the townspeople, but many object to the match on account of the drastic difference in social status.
Homer's role in Faulkner's A Rose for Emily is largely symbolic. He represents the Northern influence that began to pervade the South after the Civil War. Homer is a “big,” loud, Northern “Yankee” who rejects the idea of getting married and works as a day laborer. His presence goes against the traditions and sensibilities of the South, and his romance with Emily borders on scandalous. Just as the younger generations are more willing to challenge Emily about her taxes, they are also more willing to accept Homer,...
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