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In William Faulkners short story A Rose for Emily obsession plays a key role in the developing personality of the protagonist Emily Grierson Because Emily was never allowed to be independent and self-sufficient growing up she goes to great lengths to preserve companionship and deter her loneliness later on in life Faulkner illustrates Emilys desire for company by focusing on her obsessive and psychotic tendenciesAt the death of her father Emily is thrown into a state of denial She refuses to release his body to be buried because in her own mind she believes that he is actually not deceased The day after her fathers death the ladies of the neighborhood come to the Grierson home to console Emily She however meets them at the door dressed as usual and with no trace of grief on her face 29 Emilys father has always been there for her even when she does not want him to be Therefore she can not accept the fact that he is now gone and she is aloneAfter recovering from her fathers death Emily still does not let go of him completely Even after his passing she keeps a crayon portrait of him to watch over her through the years This portrait is referred to during significant events in the story It is present when the Board of Aldermen come to see Emily concerning her unpaid taxes The portrait is also present when Homer Barron first enters the Grierson home Another example of Emilys unhealthy obsession is observed in her relationship with Homer Barron Since he is the only boyfriend Emily has ever known she falls for him quickly and wishes for them to be married Homer on the other hand feels differently about the situation Homer remarks that he is not a marrying man 30 When Homer refuses to marry her Emily decides to keep him with her the only way she knows how She poisons Homer Barron with arsenic
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