Miss Emily Insane

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From the beginning of William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” it can be seen that Miss Emily is a strange local character whom the town thinks of with critical opinions. The townspeople all can agree on one thing, that Miss Emily Grierson is crazy. From there the men and women both have their own opinions on just how crazy she is. The problem is that the townspeople only look at the surface of Emily’s life, and gain their thoughts upon such. In reality, since the townspeople were so nosy anyway they could have simply tried to figure out why Emily was the way she was there were many examples in the story that give hints into Miss Emily’s life. Starting in the first few sentences it is evident that Miss Emily is a recluse in the town. Much like the figure Boo Radley in “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Miss Emily is a shadowed figure almost always seen only in the windows of her home. There was a short period of time where children were sent to take art lessons from her, but after that the only person who saw the inside of the house was her manservant Tobe. It was not told whether a doctor came when she became severely ill, but the town itself did not know about the illness until after she had recovered. Her reclusiveness from the town is best shown with paragraph 51 where Faulkner states: Daily, monthly,…show more content…
She had a great aunt who was known as crazy, and also her father was a known sort of recluse as well trying to make the family’s reputation higher than it really was. Because of this high reputation Miss Emily, as a pretty young woman, gained a number of suitors in her younger years, but her father chased all of them away slowly making her more lonely. “So when she got to be thirty and was still single, we were not pleased exactly, but vindicated; even with insanity in the family she wouldn’t have turned down all of her chances if they had really materialized.”(Faulkner
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