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Things Are Not Always What They Seem William Faulkners short story A Rose for Emily centers around Miss Emily and what the townspeople think of Miss Emily One of the themes for A Rose for Emily is appearance versus reality This theme of appearance versus reality can be seen through what the townspeople think of Miss Emily and by the actions taken by Miss Emily Miss Emily was part of the old south who refused to change with the times Miss Emily was of the upper class until her father died Miss Emily did not have to pay taxes because Miss Emilys father had loaned money to the town which the town as a matter of business preferred this way of repaying 71 When her father died all that Miss Emily was left with was the house This made the townspeople happy in a way The townspeople now could pity Miss Emily Being left alone and a pauper she had become humanized 73 When Miss Emily was seeing Homer Baron the townspeople thought she would never go out with a day laborer from the north 74 The townspeople then assumed that Miss Emily wanted to marry Homer Baron Until Homer Baron was heard to say that he liked men and that he was not a marrying man 75 Because Homer said he was gay Miss Emily had bought rat poison and the townspeople assumed that she would kill herself the next day Miss Emily did not kill herself the next day or the next day after that Shortly after Miss Emily had bought the rat poison Homer Baron disappeared The townspeople thought that Homer had left town But he did not Miss Emily had murdered him with the rat poison that she had bought After murdering Homer Baron Miss Emily never left her house She Just sent her servant The Negro to do everything for her Eventually Miss Emily finally passed away And this
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