Love and death
Story of Emily from Faulkner’s novel will always be relevant. The essence of this story is the concept “to love means to use beloved person for one’s own enjoyment” and if it is not impossible it is even permitted to take life of the dear one. It is the main reason of Emily’s deed. She feared to be leaved by Homer but she refused to understand that it is impossible to arouse someone’s love by taking his freedom of choice. Emily was unhappy and very lonely. She was brought up in isolation by her father who refused all her suitors thinking that they were not good enough for her. She herself was deprived of freedom of choice by her father and it influenced on her mentality. She was a strong woman, loyal to old traditions and didn’t want to accept changes. Emily dreamt of family life, she wanted to love and to be loved and that is natural for every person. Homer was her last chance to be happy. But he was not going to marry her and it deeply shocked Emily. She could not stand the thought that her dreams were broken. She did not want to let him go.
Who can imagine despair of a woman absolutely lonely and helpless in the close town full of gossip and Southern hospitality? But Emily did not let to pity herself. She was pride enough to keep the distance to town people worshiping her, she did not have friends or close people. She lived in the world of fantasy where the death did not have a sense. Madness run in her family and after many stresses connected with changes in her life her mental condition became worse. But Emily’s example is exaggerated case of how people understand love: to love means to possess even if one possesses only lifeless body. But a man is not a body but spiritual soul and trying to enjoy body is like to save clothes of a sinking man forgetting about its owner. Emily’s idea of love was rather selfish “you are mine or no one’s”. History knows a lot of instances when people killed their beloved because they could not possess them. The roots of these crimes are deeply inside of human soul that wants to enjoy material energy and refuses to remember about responsibility for any deeds. The real love always gives freedom but selfishness wants everything only for itself.
Inge, M. Thomas, ed. A Rose for Emily. Columbus, OH: Charles E. Merrill Publishing Company, 1970