William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" is filled with character, plot, and setting symbolism. They all seem to say that Miss Emily is stuck in time, with no way out. She poisons Homer Barron for many different reasons. She needs a male in her life to take the lead because her life is being turned upside down, and she has no one to look to. Was this act out of love or sheer selfishness? She was clearly mentally unstable, but she also had loads of pressure on her with every human being around her gossiping and judging her every move. Maybe she did it for shock factor. Whatever the reason may be, she certainly got to keep her 'rose', Homer Barron, forever.
The story portrays Emily as a victim. She had fallen victim to society: first, she had fallen victim to her father’s demeanor and, second, she had also fallen prey to the dictates of society. Perhaps she had killed Homer to satisfy society’s rules that aristocrats should not marry laborers. Despite his murder, she still loved him and defied the town regarding an awful smell that emanated from her house. She had also been resistant to change by not accepting the death of her father and not accepting Homer’s death. The critical analysis essay for A Rose for Emily deems the title character as a victim and thus deserves understanding for her circumstances in life.