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Lacey LundyMrs. Coleman DC  Composition I26 March 2015Mental MadnessTo be eccentric is quite different than being mentally ill. In the short story, A Rose for Emily, William Faulkner portrays a character named Emily who is completely outlandish. She’s living in slightly more than just a peculiar state of mind. She kept her father’s dead body, and killed her lover and slept in the same bed with his corpse for numerous years. She can’t distinguish fantasy from reality. She had an impaired ability to relate to the outside world and also she was just a rather unusual person. Its clear to see how the eccentricity and mental illness the Emily obtained worked together, driving her to despair, creating a lifetime of loneliness.Emily is so far distanced from the world outside of her home that she doesn’t realize the need to do simple adult tasks, such as paying her taxes. When two men were sent to her house to try and collect her taxes, she believed she didn’t have any taxes and simply sent them away. “‘I received a paper, yes,’ Miss Emily said. ‘Perhaps he considers himself the sheriff…. I have no taxes in Jefferson… Tobe! Show these gentlemen out'”(2) She has become a recluse and never comes out of her home, which begins to make people question her sanity. When her father died, she was unable to accurately cope with his death, because all her life her father had sheltered her and drove away any potential men. So when he passed, she was left alone,”She told them her father was not dead. She did that for three days, with the ministers calling on her, and the doctors trying to persuade her to let them dispose of the body” (3).  Even though this seems like something only a person with a mental illness would do, she only did it because he was the only male figure she had ever known, and without him, it was like she had lost her only guide. She grew up not knowing any different, not meaning she was mentally ill or even eccentric, but a combination of both. At times it can be questioned if she is strictly mentally ill. “‘I want some poison,’ she said to the druggist”(4).   This foreshadows the death of her lover, Homer Baron. People at first, believe that she is going to use the arsenic to kill herself, which is merely a distraction from what she is actually doing with it. Homer is not a marrying man, but Emily says that she will persuade him to marry her. She has finally found someone who she wants to have a relationship with, and her father was no longer there to push him away. She becomes extremely enamored with Homer and does not want to risk losing him. Even though the story doesn’t clearly identify his cause of death, it can be assumed that she uses the arsenic to kill Homer. If that is true, it is clear that Emily has extreme attachment issues that push her to kill Homer to prevent losing him. This illustrates her mental instability and the extremes it has come to. The ladies in Emily’s community, who thought she was setting a bad example for the young people, forced a Baptist minister to go to her home and meet with her. “He would never divulge what happened during that interview, but he refused to go back again”(5). Whatever happened in this interview was obviously powerful enough to affect the minister in such a way that he contacted her relatives in another state. She might have told him her plans for how she was going to prevent losing Homer and was planning to keep him upstairs. He realized how she locked herself away with nothing but her own living presence. She needed to interact with other people. She secluded herself from society which could be another factor of what was keeping her from mental stability. He felt like she needed to know she had family who cared about her and wasn’t as alone as she may have thought she was. “The man himself lay in the bed… we saw a long strand of iron-gray hair.”(7) This quote shows the extreme actions that she had taken to as a result of how her life had been molded by the world and people in and around it and is extremely significant to the story. The combined eccentricity and mental illness that Emily acquired as she grew older had demoralized who she could have potentially been as a person. Her father’s over-protectedness had led to unimaginable situations than he wouldn’t have intended for her, even though he probably felt he was doing what was best for Emily and her safety, as all fathers would. All in all, it’s clear to see how the eccentricity and mental illness that Emily obtained worked together, driving her to despair, creating a lifetime of loneliness.