Jeremy Lopez 2/16/11
Miss Emily Grierson, the main character in William Faulkner’s short story “A Rose for Emily,” is certainly strange to many readers. The events of the story that take place during the Civil War leave the reader to believe that Miss Emily is indeed insane. Certain behaviors that were portrayed by Miss Emily were weird and unusual to the reader, but to her it was completely normal. The reasons for her weird behavior are because she is insane, her father was overprotective of her, and she wanted love that was never given to her.
The first reason for Miss Emily’s behavior is that she is insane. She did certain things that show that she indeed had a medical illness. After her father died she kept the body. Also, she murdered her boyfriend, Homer Barron, and continued to sleep with the body for many years after his death.
The second reason for Miss Emily’s behavior is that her father was very overprotective of her. In the story, the townspeople said, “ we remembered all the young men her father had driven away” (93). The father would not allow Miss Emily to be in a relationship. This led to her being lonely. He was the only man in her life, but when he died she did not show any grief at all. Maybe she was holding a grudge against him for not letting her date.
The third reason for Miss Emily’s behavior is that she wanted love that was never given to her. When she got into a relationship with Homer Barron she was hoping to be loved by him. However, Homer said himself that “he was not the marrying type” (94). When she killed him she did it with the intent of being able to sleep with him and he wasn’t able to reject her.
As we see, there were many reasons why Miss Emily’s behavior was the way it was. Such as, she is insane, her father was overprotective of her, and she was seeking and wanting a love that was never given to her. These were events in her life that took place and it affected her behavior and the way she acted.