The Truth about the Devil Within Miss Emily

Miss Emily killed Homer Barron because she was worried he was not a marrying man, and she would rather live a marriage in death than have no marriage at all. Miss Emily’s father, who raised her, was always running the young men away that tried to have a relationship with her. Her father believed none of the young men were good enough for her or worth Miss Emily’s time. As reported by Dilworth, Miss Emily first felt the pain of being single from her father, who would not allow her to date by standing between her and the young men of Jefferson (254). While her father was alive, he was constantly controlling her life.

At first, when Miss Emily’s father died, she simply refused to believe it. The next few days after his death, the ladies in the town of Jefferson went to Miss Emily’s house and offered their condolences. Miss Emily would tell the ladies that her father was not dead and slam the door shut in their face. Miss Emily lost the only one close family she had. After refusing to allow her father’s body to be taken away for three days, she gave in and allowed the town to bury his body. Miss Emily dealt with her father’s death by quarantining herself in her house.

With Miss Emily staying exclusively to herself, the town of Jefferson wandered about behind the scenes of Miss Emily’s life. Through the eyes of the town of Jefferson, Miss Emily was a monument as if she represented the “Old South.” As Miss Emily started to take a downward fall, so did the culture, values, and morality of the “Old South.” Blythe observes that the tradition of the Old South was falling fast and Faulkner’s use of “sexual deviation” pointed toward the decay of those traditions (50). The town of Jefferson contracted the payments of the sidewalks to a Northern company run by a foreman, Homer Barron. When Miss Emily noticed Homer Barron for the first time, she was interested. She was robbed of her feelings by her father because he never allowed any yo…