What do people complain about Emily Grierson?
A short time after her “sweetheart” departs, the neighbors of Emily Grierson complain of a putrid smell. The judge’s reactions demonstrate a Southern gentleman’s deference to Miss Emily’s social position.
How did the men in town deal with the complaint about Miss Emily?
At this point, the judge orders several men to go to Miss Emily’s house at night and sprinkle lime around the outside of the house and the grounds. They do all of this without confronting or discussing it with Miss Emily. She catches them in the act and they sneak away quickly.
Why did the townspeople complain about Emily’s house?
In “A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner, the townspeople have a dilemma: they do not want to offend the Old Southern woman, Miss Emily, but they cannot abide the smell emanating from her house.
What problems did Miss Emily caused the local authorities?
She not only kills Homer by poisoning him with arsenic, she also lets the body rot. Neighbors complain of a horrible odor, so the local authorities sprinkle lime around the house to try to kill the smell.
What is the horrible revelation about Miss Emily that the story ends with?
10) What is the horrible revelation about Miss Emily that the story ends with? The horrible revelation about Miss Emily is that she actually used the rat poison to kill Homer, and even more grotesque, she kept his body frozen in time so that he could stay with her forever.
What is the significance of Miss Emily’s actions after the death of her father?
When her father dies, Miss Emily is left with the house but with almost no money. Because her father has dismissed her suitors, she remains single despite her beauty and is now above the normal age for marriage in her society; even worse, their are no prospective husbands left of the proper class.
What evidence of instability does Miss Emily show when her father dies?
Emily’s reaction to the death of her father is one of denial and clinging to unrealistic expectations; it is also very telling of her state of mind and serves as a foreshadowing of what is to come with Homer.