She demonstrates a total obsession with old-fashioned ideas and principles when she refuses to pay taxes, motivating it with permission obtained from Colonel Sartoris — a man long dead but still alive in Miss Grierson’s imagination (Faulkner 92).She opposes and rejects new postal rules, refusing to put up a number and a post box on the front door of her mansion (Faulkner 94).
The town took sides about Emily’s relationship with Homer Barron.
Some people in the town were glad Emily was attracted to Homer Baron because the ladies said it was beneath her status to be interested in “a Northerner, a day laborer” (394).
The isolation and loneliness she experienced for so many years planted in her the seed of insanity.
Emily became reclusive after her father’s death, until she began to have an interest in a man who was new to the town.
Last but not least, she ignores the public opinion and has things her own way secretly poisoning her disloyal suitor and thus preserves the reality the way she wants to see it.
Desperately fighting for preservation of her bygone past, Mrs Emily “prefers rather to murder than to die” (Fetterley 57).Her chances to marry were very slim and, “being left alone, and a pauper, she had become humanized” (393).Unfortunately, the damage to Emily was more than monetary.Then, when he died, people in the town pitied Emily.However, they still held contempt towards her; they “were glad” they could feel sorry for her (393).This man, Homer Baron, gave Emily the courage to be social and active.However, the town’s gossip and clamor about her courting by a Northern day laborer caused her final mental breakdown (394).The story is not chronological, but completely out of order, adding mystery and climax. A flawed relationship between the town and Miss Emily is seen throughout the story.The first section begins with the death of the main character, Emily Grierson, and relates the thoughts and actions of the small Southern U. The tension between the town (society) and Emily is a main reason for her recluse and insanity.Representative of the Pre-Civil War epoch is the Negro butler who had worked for the Griersons throughout his life and left only with Miss Grierson’s death.The influence of Miss Grierson’s father, who had oppressed and dominated her when he was alive, did not recede with the time, as after his death (which she stubbornly refused to admit) his crayon portrait was one of the main focal points in the parlor.