In her home, she is secluded from the world and this makes her feel safe. She is representative of a bygone era, the Old South that is slowly decaying. Silent and dutiful, Tobe is representative of the subservient position that ex-slaves held in the changing South. She refuses to pay taxes in Jefferson because the long dead Colonel Sartoris told her that she was not obligated to, because some privilages was given as the dispensation dating from the death of her father. He stands as one of the most preeminent American writers of the twentieth century.
He was known for his loud voice and cussing at his workers. She is a lonely woman because her father scared all of her suitors away when she was younger. She immediately grew very close to Homer and almost forced him into her life. She does not want to face the fact that she is all alone and unhappy. Emily seizes the opportunity for companionship, and she hopes for marriage. According to Miss Emily's father none of the young boys were suitable for Miss Emily.
Though her behavior may be viewed as merely eccentric, the hints at the possibility that Emily is actually mentally unstable something which is later revealed to be true when we discover she is a possible necrophiliac. In this section, the narrator describes how a new man entered Emily's life. Perhaps one of you can gain access to the city records and satisfy yourselves. This is one of the many examples of how Emily thinks she is somehow above the law and should not be questioned for her actions. The reason for his refusal to let Emily court men is not explained in the story. Emily eventually locks herself away in the dusty, decaying house while she grows older and more feeble. And she has halted the passage of time.
Although Emily did not have a strong relationship with her community, she did give art lessons to young children within her town. During the entire story we are narrated by someone whether it be a single man or woman, but they are never shown as having a main character part nor do they have any direct impact on the story that is being told about Miss. The Grierson Family considers themselves superior than other people of the town. According to the narrator, Homer Barron was a Yankee with a big voice and eyes lighter than his face. The city is modeled after the town of Oxford where the writer spent most of his life.
There is a conspiracy, which is done by the Colonel Sartoris. 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. Despite these turnabouts in her social status, Emily continues to behave haughtily, as she had before her father died. Her controlling father died some thirty years ago and she has never quite found her own ground. She tries to make a case history about him, but ends up just buying his bus ticket to Memphis. After Homer disappears, she closes herself up in the house for the rest of her life, except for a few years when she teaches china painting to young girls. These choices were certainly affected by her father and central figure in her life, Mr, Grierson, who affected her so deeply that she couldn't let go of his body for three days after he died.
He became old and stooped from all of his work while Emily grew large and immobile. Going back to the tax incident it turned out that the colonel has been dead for ten years and there would be no way of checking with him because of this, this apart of the story reveals that she seems to be living in her own reality that she is living in the past. But when he uprooted their wedding plans, Emily was slapped in the face with stagnation, which meant she would be denied of companionship, love, all her dreams would be shattered, and yet again, she would be the talk of the town. The only thing that was constant in her house was the slave By losing this father figure she was left to fend for herself and was virtually helpless. Throughout the story the each narrator only has a partial point of view which tends to lead the reader into feeling that the entire story is narrated by various people in town.
Emily is portrayed as small and powerless, placed behind the overbearing frame of her father. It gets worse, though: when Miss Emily is seen buying poison, the town thinks she might be planning on committing suicide. Taken in the context of when the story was written that description could have a double meaning. It could be because he believes that there is not a man good enough to marry his daughter. Alice Petry introduces a different type of critical response that is not focused on the usual subjects.
This is shown in the story through Emily's conflicts with the town and her refusal of cooperation. Emily's father was solely held responsible for her being a hermit. Homer leaves town for several days until the cousins go back to Alabama. While he is in the story very little, his decision to remit Emily's taxes leads to her refusal to pay them ever again, contributing to her stubborn personality. Her pride made her to keep of from socializing with the other members of the town The narrator portrays also Emily as a monument, but at the same time she is pitied and in most cases irritating, too demanding to live life on her own terms. Soon after her cousins departed, Homer was seen entering her home late one night. There was also the depiction of a cursed land due to slavery and the class structure based upon it and that no matter how the people clung to the glorious past and soldier on, there was a tarnished way of life that leads to an impending ruin.