Emily Grierson

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1) Who is Emily Grierson? What was the former position of her family in the town? What has happened to Emily after her father died? What are her economic circumstances? How does the deputation of aldermen from the town of Jefferson treat her?

Miss Emily is an old-school southern belle trapped in a society bent on forcing her to stay in her role. Her family's former position was wealthy they were known by there high status. Her economic circumstances have changed her family who was once wealthy left Emily with a burden of owed money in taxes, which brought her down in social class she was left with nothing. The deputation of alderman treats her with the respect that was in the past due to her position and prestige in the town.

2) How do we learn about Emily? How do reports and rumors about her create the narrative of her life?

We learn about Emily Through through the mysterious narrarator we learn that Emily Grierson, conveys the struggle that comes from trying to maintain tradition in the face of widespread, radical change.

The rumors and reports that were being spread now represent how she was once respected and honored however, she is now burden and cut off from the outside world.

3) What has happened between Emily and homer Barron? What is the significance, if any, of the fact that homer is from the north?

Homer Barron comes to town with a construction crew. He and Emily begin dating. Many in town don't approve of their relationship based on the fact that he was from the north and a darker skin color along with their many appearances together. Eventually, Homer is seen entering Emily's house late one night. He is never seen again. Since Emily herself isn't...