A Rose For Emily and Other Short Stories

Why werent there suitable suitors for emily


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Miss Emily is deprived of a husband by her father. He is domineering and controlling and finds all suitors unsuitable. He rejects all gentleman callers as not good enough for his daughter.

"Certainly Emily learns her genteel ways from him. It is his influence that deprives her of a husband when she is young;"

The narrator tells us in the story:

"We remembered all the young men her father had driven away," (Faulkner)

Then, of course, when Miss Emily meets Homer Barron and everyone in town thinks that they will marry, she discovers that he prefers the company of men.

"When she had first begun to be seen with Homer Barron, we had said, "She will marry him." Then we said, "She will persuade him yet," because Homer himself had remarked--he liked men, and it was known that he drank with the younger men in the Elks' Club--that he was not a marrying man."