A Rose for Emily: Demonstrate of Homer as the Victim

A Rose for Emily: Demonstrate of Homer as the Victim

Emily is clearly a bad guy in the short story, “A Rose for Emily.” Although much of her character came from her dad’s abuse, she stays responsible for her actions. In the story, Emily is obsessed with preventing change. She is a sign of the old South, and plainly represents the couple of traditionalists following the Civil War. The traditionalists are clearly the villains in the South, since they will not let go of the unfavorable past of slavery, as Emily is in “A Rose for Emily”, due to the fact that she will not let go of her unfavorable past.

She refuses to let go of the changes she is confronted with, for instance the death of her daddy and the idea of not being with Homer forever bring her to release her inner anger. As a result, due to her lack of allowing modification, she establishes bad guy behaviors. Her lack of wanting modification does not require her ridiculous actions, nor make her a victim. Emily knows that Homer will not marry her; therefore she relies on eliminating him so that she can be with him permanently. She declines to let him go, which makes her only a victim of herself, thus a bad guy.

The murder was undoubtedly premeditated due to the fact that she planned the death of Homer by going to the shop to buy arsenic. When the pharmacists asked her what it was for, she declined to tell. If she was a victim she would not have a problem describing the situations. Considering that she did not inform she knew that what she was doing was incorrect, which makes her a villain. Emily utilizes the death of Homer for her own pleasure. She believes that trapping his dead body, as well as her dad’s dead body will alleviate her solitude. This self-centered act shows she has no concern for others. This, again, shows that Homer is the only victim in this story.

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