The character Emily in “A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner is a very lonely character. The father in the story keeps men away from his daughter. He runs all of the maybe otherwise suitable men away. This is a big contributing factor to her loneliness because she doesn’t have anybody to love. Her father dies, and then she continues the isolation. All the men that her father chased away were men that were of good stature. Emily later finds a man that is less appealing than the others after her father’s death. When she meets Homer she in a way uses him to fill a void in her life. She seems like a selfish character along with her father.
Emily’s character appears to be luxurious to the people in the story. They knew that Emily’s father had a lot of money and assumed she was happy and rich. They also respected her in a sense. She seems selfish because she doesn’t really seem to love Homer, she just wants him around to keep the towns people from talking. This is one of the things that makes her character prideful. She cares a lot about what people think of her. She is so prideful that in the story, she would rather kill her lover than to have the towns people know of her secret.
She doesn’t dispose of the body, but she leaves his skeleton by her bedside. Emily in my opinion is very unstable. The townspeople may have known this about Emily because they were shocked to find that she had his skeleton in her bedroom but not that surprised. She also doesn’t seem like a person who knows who she is, and has a lot of emotional and complex issues. But one thing that may reflect positively about Emily is that she seemed to be respectful of her father’s wishes while he was alive.