How does Miss Emily's behavior at her father's death foreshadow the story's end?

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When Miss Emily 's father dies, she refuses to let go of his body or even to admit that he has died. When the women of the town visit to offer condolences she has "no trace of grief on her face" and tells them "that her father was not dead."...

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This shows that she has difficulty letting go and foreshadows the fact that she will not letHomer Baron leave her. The town had thought she would marry Homer, but he has stated that he is "not a marrying man." Rather than let him leave and go back to the North, she poisons him. As she did with her father, she refuses to let go of Homer.

Furthermore, by refusing to let go of her father's body she is holding onto decay, and this foreshadows the ending of the story as it becomes evident from the indentation in the pillow and the "long strand of iron gray-hair" upon it that Emily has been lying next to the skeleton of Homer Baron. Next to Emily's pillow lies Homer Baron, whose "body had apparently once lain in the attitude of an embrace."

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How does Miss Emily behave after her father dies?

Miss Emily and her father in this story represent the Old South, with its rigid aristocratic traditions of propriety. Part of the mythos associated with this culture had to do with aristocratic families having enough wealth to live a certain circumscribed lifestyle that was an essential part of their dignity. When her father dies, Miss Emily is left with the house but with almost no money. Because her father has dismissed her suitors, she remains single despite her beauty and is now above the normal age for marriage in her society; even worse, their are no prospective husbands left of the proper class. Her father's death means to her the death of her life and identity.

Her first response is denial. She refuses even to admit that he is dead:

The day after his death all the ladies prepared to call at the house ... Miss Emily met them at the door, dressed as usual and with no trace of grief on her face. She told them that her father was not dead. She did that for three days, ...  

Next, she moves on from denial to grieving:

Just as they were about to resort to law and force, she broke down, and they buried her father quickly.

She never fully recovers from the death of her father, though, and becomes a recluse. She is next described as becoming "sick" for several months, something we would probably now describe as depression.

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How does Miss Emily behave after her father dies?

In A Rose for Emily, we are shown a young lady who is slowly losing her grip on reality. Emily was so sheltered by her father that she never knew how to accept reality. Her father handled everything and made sure he was in control. Emily was not involved in any of the daily business life. Her father also ran off any man that might have been interested in Emily. It was really unfair the way her father treated her. He took away Emily's chances for a normal and happy life, so when he died, Emily was left not knowing what to do.

     The day after his death all the ladies prepared to call at the house and offer condolence and aid, as is our custom. Miss Emily met them at the door, dressed as usual and with no trace of grief on her face. She told them that her father was not dead. She did for this for three days, with the ministers calling on her, and the doctors, trying to persuade her to let them dispose of the body. Just as they were about to resort to law and force, she broke down and they buried her father quickly.
     We did not say she was crazy then. We believed she had to do that. We remembered all the young men her father had driven away, and we knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will.

As we read the story farther, we realize that Emily has no grip on reality anymore. Can we blame that on the loss of her father? Or did Emily have this loss of empathy in her all along, and her father knew it? These are questions we will have to ask ourselves and only guess upon.

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How does Miss Emily behave after her father dies?

Miss Emily was very different.  She never was able to date or to make any decisions for herself.  Her father did that all for her and didn't believe that any man was "good enough" for his daughter.  Because he controlled her life in so many aspects, she grew up completely dependent on him.  When he died, she literally "freaked"--she didn't let them even take the body away until 3 days had passed.  They thought she was just clinging to the only life she had.  She never went out, and she was a complete recluse.

"The day after his death all the ladies prepared to call at the house and offer condolence and aid, as is our custom Miss Emily met them at the door, dressed as usual and with no trace of grief on her face. She told them that her father was not dead. She did that for three days."

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How did Ms. Emily change after her father's passing?

Emily Grierson’s father was a domineering man who controlled his daughter’s life. The narrator says, “We had long thought of them as a tableau, Miss Emily a slender figure in white in the background, her father a spraddled silhouette in the foreground, his back to her and clutching a horsewhip, the two of them framed by the back-flung front door.” Emily’s mother was dead and her father turned away any young men who wanted to court Emily with the excuse they were not good enough. Emily remained fairly isolated in the house with her father.

When the townspeople somehow discerned that Emily’s father died, they went to offer their help and sympathy. They also indulged their avid curiosity about Emily and the life she lived behind those mysterious walls. However, Emily will not let go of her father:

“She told them that her father was not dead. She did that for three days… We did not say she was crazy then. We believed she had to do that. We remembered all the young men her father had driven away, and we knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will.”

Emily retreated into lonely isolation, rarely leaving the house. Nevertheless, she did go out enough to meet Homer Baron, the Northerner whom the town believed was too low class for Emily. When she bought a men’s toiletry set, they believed she and Homer would be married. But Homer disappeared and Emily withdrew into complete isolation. The narrator comments, “After her father's death she went out very little; after her sweetheart went away, people hardly saw her at all.” No one entered the house except Tobe, the servant who had been with her family for years.  The pattern she practiced of isolation and refusing to let go of those she loved, even when they died, continued until her own death.

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