Up to the day of her death at seventy-four it was still that vigorous iron-gray, like the hair of an active man. Later in the story, the ladies of the town and her two female cousins from Alabama work to sabotage her relationship with Homer Barron. Throughout the story, the narrator flashes back and forth through various events in the life and times of Emily Grierson and the town of Jefferson. This story take place throughout the Reconstruction Era from the late 1800's to the early 1900's in Jefferson, Mississippi. Had he robbed Emily of her youth? Emily is quickly established as a strange character when the aldermen enter her decrepit parlor in a futile attempt to collect her taxes. The popularity of the story is due in no small part to its gruesome ending. He is clever because of the way he pieces the story together to build to a shocking climax.
Besides helping the reader understand the motivations and events in the story, the setting also changed the tone of the story. And, as such, was literally confined to live in her father's house. The narrator states reasons why everyone came, which was curiosity. This is one reason the story can be read as a tragedy. The townspeople were always Emily never left the house much when she and her father were alive, which rises the whole towns interest Smith par. In the eyes of these flowers of Southern femininity, Emily Grierson becomes a stain on the white gown of Southern womanhood. The town discovered Miss Emily had kept her father's dead body at the dinner table for three days after his death.
He died in Byhalia, Mississippi on July 6, 1962, when he was sixty-four. I have no taxes in Jefferson. From the moment it was first published in 1930, this story has been analyzed and criticized by both published critics and the causal reader. The possibility exists, however, that Faulkner intended his readers to view the tale-teller as being female. Everybody thought she would commit suicide. Although he originally dreamed of being a poet, he ultimately found his voice in fiction.
However, Faulkner spent much of his time observing ordinary townspeople as well, and this is why he was able to capture the voice of the common people of Jefferson in the character of the narrator. She is doing what she feels necessary in response to the pressure placed on her by the town. It would surely please Faulkner that few of these chronologies are consistent with each other. She gives up his body only reluctantly. Find that event and year and see if you can put together a chronology. With their society in economic ruins, however, Southerners did not give up on their aristocratic culture but rather clung to it nostalgically, and yearned to return to a past more glorious in memory than it ever was in reality. Homer described himself as man who couldn't be tied down.
Of course, the narrator suggests that Homer himself may not exactly be enthusiastic about marrying Emily. Miss Emily was described as a short, fat, aged and mysterious women during her later years. Although this class system was not beneficial to general citizenry, making them feel inadequate and lesser-than, they still operate under the system that socially diminishes them in the years following the Civil War. The new technology have mad it possible to transfer and spread information faster than ever before. For a long while we just stood there, looking down at the profound and fleshless grin. Besides helping the reader understand the motivations and events in the story, the setting also changed the tone of the story.
Or: What does she represent to them? The narrator is the voice of the people who live in Jefferson, and tells the story in a series of memories in no chronological order. It is implied that the Griersons once had both land and money, but time and idleness has squandered it away. This unreal world results from the suspension of a natural time order. The Northerners helped in repairing the roads, getting the farms back in shape, planting the crops and thus assisted in rebuilding the south right from scratch hence getting it back in order. In these terms, it might seem that the story is a comment upon tradition and upon those people who live in a dream world of the past. For them as for her, time is relative. As soon as Tobe lets the ladies into the house, he leaves out the back door and is never seen again.
This is also the view of the Board of Aldermen and of the confederate soldiers, who still believe in the power and shining of the South, which existed before the Civil War. As such she is common property of the town, but in a special way—as an ideal of past values. He is the only person present when Emily dies. I have no taxes in Jefferson. At first glance, this is a tough sell. This scene foreshadows the grisly discovery at the end of the story. In killing Homer, she was able to keep him near her.
After the death of her father, she was so stuck on keeping a man that she was reluctant about giving up the body. Faulkner's use of this particular time-period or genre, is successful in giving the reader an understanding or background to the values and beliefs of the characters in the story. Why do they feel this way about her? The town of Jefferson is a fallen legacy. The narrator never directly claims that Emily murders her lover, Homer Barron, and keeps his corpse in a bed for more than forty years. Some of these people continued to behave as if they were still privileged plantation owners although their wealth was gone. This experimental novel concerns the decline of the once proud Compson family of Yoknapatawpha County.