In William Faulknerâ€™s â€œA Rose for Emily,â€ which takes place around the time period of the tragic America Civil War, the psychological problems of Emily Grierson seem inexplicable. However, in most instances, there are bizarre reasons for mostly everything that happens in this world. While Murder, in Emilyâ€™s case, is an event that most people cannot comprehend even committing. But seems to take place all too often in Emilyâ€™s world.
Emily had a fueled hatred and resentment for all the men that were involved with her life. She had no social life with â€œall the young men her father had driven awayâ€ (Faulkner 6). Her father suppressed her in the woman that she became later in the story. He did not allow her to participate in any social activities within the community and sheltered her away from all of the townspeople. She was treated more as a servant, who never saw the light of day, instead of an upper class woman who deserved respect. Once Emilyâ€™s father had passed away she didnâ€™t have anyone to lead her life for her. That is, until Homer came along and took over her life for her as well. Homer was a womanizer that could have had any other woman in the town, but chose Emily. They were seen together â€œon Sunday afternoons driving in the yellow-wheeled buggyâ€ (6). Emily needed someone to take over her life for her and to tell her what to do. All her life she had men hat represented her and she finally had enough. This suppressing effort help push her to end the breaking point.
Emily had a certain respect from the townspeople that exempted her from for the same standards that the other people in the town had. Emily went to the pharmacist one day bought a box of arsenic without even having to explain the use of it, as the law requires: â€œMiss Emily just stared at himâ€¦until he looked away and went and got the arsenicâ€ (8).