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Sherry O’Conner
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September 21, 2012

In “ A rose for Emily” Emily is very dependent on her father and after his death she is left without an identity because she did not marry. She has no idea how to go out and get and job and she doesn’t even want to because she feels its beneath her . So she has no money to pay her taxes because her father has passed and he lost his fortune in the war and when the new mayor comes along he and towns people tell her she needs to pay her taxes and she is bewildered. The old major excused her from her taxes not because her father had loaned the town money but out of mere respect for who she was. She did give lessons on china painting , it was a hobby of upper class women in that time. She feels she is above becoming a seamstress or a laborer. The historical content in this story is very important to the characterization in this story. Also her servant, Toby is free, but he stays, the mansion is falling down around him and miss Emily but he stays with because he as well is a product of his environment. The house is all he has even known , he knows no other life, or other way , Miss Emily is his family.
We hear some about her father, proud , old, noble. When he father died, she was so close to him and he was all she knew that she argued with the doctors and ministers and for 3 days wouldn’t let them have his dead body. Denying in fact that he had even passed, she was so heartbroken she couldn’t bare to admit it. We also met the character Homer, whom is characterized as a man’s O’Conner 2 man, He wasn’t going to settle down or marry. Miss Emily bucks tradition when she wants to be with him , because he for one is a laborer and he is a northerner. Miss Emily had him at her house alone and many of the towns people were shocked because it went against her upbringing. She…...

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