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Emilys Friendship and Romance with Homer in A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

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One of the major reasons behind the people’ s rejecting Emily’ s friendship and romance with Homer is his being a member of African American racial group. It is due to the very fact that the black community was regarded as an inferior race in the eyes of the white people, who had been involved into the trade of black people by bringing them from their countries as slaves for centuries. It is, therefore, the whites did not allow the Africans to obtain the status of spouses, suitors, and lovers of white women.

The same situation also prevailed in the Asian countries, where the Indian aristocracy had raised a revolt against the Queen Raziya Sultan of Delhi in 1240 for her marrying the black slave called Jamal-ud-din Yaqoot. (Keay, 2011) Moreover, Faulkner was not the first writer to discover the racial discrimination prevailing in the white societies; on the contrary, Lee (1960) has also pointed out towards the ethno-racial hatred and social conflict as well in her To Kill a Mockingbird, where the judiciary, on the strong recommendation and demand of the white community, announces capital punishment to the black person Tom Robinson, for developing sexual relationships with a white lady Mayella Ewell.

Hence, the community adopts dual-standard while treating the fellow-humans; Faulkner aims to criticize the same with the help of duality. “ A duality is a structure containing two mutually exclusive concepts that can only be fully defined as the opposite of each other. ” (Bolin, 2004:6) Hence the heroine i. e. Emily is white, rich, beautiful and mannered, while her suitor Homer is black, poor, ugly and somewhat coarse too. Thus, the author has combined absolutely two opposite characteristics while depicting the personalities. The story shows that Emily does not accept the bitter reality of her father’ s death; it is, therefore, she refuses to allow the women, arrived to condole over the death, to enter her house, by claiming that ‘ my father is alive. ’  

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preview essay on Emilys Friendship and Romance with Homer in A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner
  • Pages: 6 (1500 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Literature
  • Level: College
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