To Have Loved and Never Lost

Length: 2 Pages 624 Words

William Faulkner possessed the great eminence of portraying acquisitiveness in his literature piece “A Rose for Emily.” Miss Emily Grierson was a spare and stubborn woman who just kept losing everything around her, but when a gentleman finally comes into her life, “she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will” (Faulkner 248). Throughout Miss Emily Grierson’s life she had always been ruled by, and depended on, men to protect, defend and act for her. From her father, to Homer Baron, all her life was dependent on men. Emily’s father had always driven away the young men who were interested in Miss Emily, but when one Homer Baron finally slinks into her life she could not let him get away. Homer and Emily began courting after Emily’s father died and she became more enthusiastic about life and began to leave her house. “Presently, we began to see him and Miss Emily on Sunday afternoons Continue...


The community figured that Miss Emily, being a Grierson, would not think seriously of just a plain old laborer like Homer Baron, but Homer had another side that all was aware of except Miss Emily. Many people began to feel sorry for Miss Emily. The ladies "knew that there was one room in that region above the stairs which no one had seen in forty years, and which would have to be forced (251). But there was always that one question that lingered in everyone's mind. Years went by and eventually Miss Emily passed away. All of her life she had done without this one thing. driving in the yellow-wheeled buggy and the matched team of bays from the livery stable (248). Miss Emily seemed to not let the town's thoughts interrupt her plans of "landing the man that she had never had. In Miss Emily's case, she had loved and never lost. "And that was the last we saw of Homer Barron (250). Well, like Alfred Tennyson once said, "Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. There upon the dressing table were Homer Barron's toiletries and his clothing was placed around the room. When the ladies entered the room they discovered many things that answered the questions they have had in their minds for the longest time. This made it look as if the two of them were to be married.