Thus, it becomes evident that the society has set a specific role for everyone to play and they are supposed to do so. Any variation from the same only creates surprise in the people. Because of this predestined life, the misery of one does not create any sympathy in others. Furthermore, when people started noticing Emily with Homer Barron, a Yankee, they again started guessing and gossiping though they knew very well that that marriage was the only hope in her deteriorating life after the death of her father. Despite this, the ladies said, “a Grierson would not think seriously of a Northerner” (Faulkner) and the old ones opined, “even grief could not cause a real lady to forget noblesse oblige” (Faulkner).
To see that the woman would not save herself from the clutches of social norms, the society sought the help of the Baptist minister to interfere in the matter. The stated reason is that they found Emily’s connection with a Northern wage laborer “a bad example for the young people” (Faulkner). Thus, the story reveals that those who try to struggle away are brought back through social conformity.
Thereafter, the story shows how religion can play havoc with the lives of people. The minister’s wife wrote a letter to Miss Emily’s relations in Alabama (Faulkner). Evidently, it was known to everybody in the community that her relatives had not been in touch with her for quite some time. In the name of religion, culture, and morality, the lady found enough time to write to Alabama and make Emily’s relatives interfere in the matter. After that, one can identify the role of relatives in the downfall.
Firstly, her father did not allow anyone to marry her. One can find a number of evidences for the same. In one place, the story reads, “We remembered all the young men her father had driven away” (Faulkner). Admittedly, there were a number of them who had been turned away by her father, presumably because they were not “noble” enough to marry her. Thereafter, it was the cousins who hammered the last nail on her coffin. They stayed with Emily for a week (Faulkner), and that was enough to drive Emily into total insanity.
When Homer Barron returned, she killed him and preserved his body (Faulkner). After that, she lived a life of splendid isolation and died a miserable death in that old house, amidst dust and darkness. In total, it is clear that though the whole society knew that Emily was turning into a psycho and would die a miserable death like her great-aunt, the people were not willing to offer her any help that might improve her mental condition.
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