Gothic Romance. Such a construction used by an artist who compared the short story to the lyric poem in its demands for exactness and economy, should lead us to suspect that the town may require as much of our attention as Emily. The mayor treats her not as an individual human being in need, but as a class, as a Lady Aristocrat. Even the final scene in the dusty bridal chamber may be as pathetic as it is gruesome. At at least one point, the narrator fails to give us pertinent information we assume that he has: he must know in what order Emily bought the toilet articles, the clothing, and the poison. New York: Vintage, 1962. So, it seems reasonable to conclude that Miss Emily was trying, finally, to have a life for herself, although this does not work out well for her in the end. Does the long, gray hair finally horrify, or does it move the reader to tears and awe? He was difficult because he seemed hard to get along with. The story is so constructed that we sympathize with Emily without understanding her, whereas the town, thinking it understands her, is shown to lack sympathy.
At her low Gate, unmoved - an Emperor be kneeling. When the lime spreaders open her cellar, they reveal that there is no secret there as is often the case in Gothic houses. Is it possible she does not know he is dead? Furthermore, a series of mysteries is created which we strongly suspect to have different explanations from those offered by the town. The teller's sympathy reinforces our similar emotions. The generations are similar in that they both choose to deal with an idea of Emily, rather than with Emily herself; they are different in that they have different ideas of her and, therefore, approach her and her taxes differently. She appears to really love Homer if the expensive gifts she buys him are any indication, and perhaps her father, if we can judge by the ever-present portrait which she herself may have done. In April, answering a question about the title, he says that she was a poor woman whose father was cruel and whose lover was about to desert her. Second, we become aware that her father discouraged all suitors. The narrative tone is one of pity for the forlorn and neglected Emily.