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To Have Loved and Never Lost

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 driving in the yellow-wheeled buggy and the matched team of bays from the livery stable” (248). Many people began to feel sorry for Miss Emily. 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. “Homer himself had remarked – he liked men, and it was known that he drank with the younger men in the Elks’ Club – that he was not a marrying man”(249). After the news of Homer had spread throughout the community, as most gossip does, “some of the ladies began to say that it was a disgrace to the town and a bad example to the young people” (249). Miss Emily seemed to not let the town’s thoughts interrupt her plans of “landing” the man that she had never had. She began to purchase items and clothing for Homer Baron. This made it look as if the two of them were to be married. Miss Emily’s cousins had came into town and Homer had left, maybe to give Emily e...

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