The Psychosis Of Emily Grierson In William — страница 2
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in the bed. Faulkner goes so far as to add that the body had “once lain in the attitude of an embrace” (94). The final paragraph notes the indentation on the pillow beside Homer Barron, and the long strand of iron-gray hair which is pulled from it. Obviously, Miss Emily had been sleeping with Homer Barron’s body for a number of decades. Whether the murder of Homer Barron by Miss Emily is the result of her father’s oppression, an inherited tendency toward insanity or a combination of factors is unknown. However, Faulkner succeeds in instilling the smallest trace of pity for Miss Emily, not only by acknowledging her thwarted love life at the hands of her father, but also within the title “A Rose for Emily.” While her actions were clearly of a psychotic nature, consciously planned out and carried through, by murdering Homer Barron, Miss Emily insured that she would finally have a love that would never leave her. Faulkner, William. “A Rose for Emily.” Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. Eds. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. 4th ed. Orlando: Harcourt, Inc. 2001. 87 – 94. “Necrophilia.” Funk & Wagnalls: Standard Encyclopedic Dictionary. Ed. 1972. 435.