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Love is a many faceted thing It can be the best feeling in the world or the bane of your existence This is one of the central themes in A Rose for Emily Faulkners tale of twisted love But what kind of love is it that pervades the entire text Is it the love of man and woman the love out of respect for another or the love of a tradition for years A Rose for Emily embraces all the facets of love through different peoples eyes The foremost facet of love portrayed in the story is the love that Emily has for Homer She dearly loves him and eventually her love turns into an unhealthy obsession It is obvious at the climax of the story that Homer did not love Emily as she loved him in turn Emily ensures that he will never leave her again by poisoning him and keeping him in her bed in her dusty muddled room Emily loved Homer very deeply too deeply in fact By killing him Emily insured that he would be forever hers to cherish The love Emily felt is universal to all people We have all felt that unwavering desire for a certain someone however most people do not stoop to such levels to guarantee it as Emily did The second type of love portrayed in A Rose for Emily is the love given out of respect for another This is portrayed in Emilys love for her father Emilys father was cruel and harsh towards her yet in his dying days Emily showed him nothing but love Everyone can relate to this aspect of love For instance you do not love your parents in the same way that you love your husband or wife you love your parents out of respect for them and the many innumerable things they have done for you This type of love as well is universal to everyone We know exactly
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