Mental Illness In William Faulkner's A Rose For Emily

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After reading William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” I have determined that this story thoroughly interests me. Throughout the story, I was hoping to determine the mystery of what was Emily Grierson. She seemed to be a very strange lady, which I figured is because of a mental illness. In the first paragraph, the narrator states, “When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument…” (461). From this, I implied that Emily was a beautiful, popular lady that did a lot to contribute to her town. Further into the story, I learned that the people of the town just pitied her. Everybody knew she was a bit weird and they were just interested to unravel her and all of
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