Coming from a good traditional family does not always lead to happiness. In the story, “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, Emily is a character that embodies tradition, pride and ultimately misery. The magic behind this piece of art is how the author puts into context the idea that tradition can lead to excessive pride which in turn can ultimately destroy the soul of a person. Because of this, Emily is one of the darkest characters in English literature.
Tradition plays an important role in Emily's life. Her father is described as an old fashioned character and her family embodies “tradition, duty and care.” This is so partly because in the 1890s Colonel Sartoris decided to remit their taxes perpetually, and partly because of an awkward sense of superiority ...view middle of the document...
The Major was doing it out of compassion and knew that Emily would not accept charity. Another symptom of Emily's unhealthy pride is the fact that she seems distant from the rest of people. It’s almost as if her neighbors were not good enough for her. Only her family was worthy of a relationship with Emily. Her emotional and psychological attachment towards her loved ones is evident in the story. After her dads’ death, it is clear that she did not want to let go, it was as if she was denying this tragedy. Her pride does not let her see that her loved one is gone. Her pride blinded her reality and brought her to misery.
As the story comes to an end, Emily's misery is evident. The author describes her as a short, fat woman in black wearing a thin gold chain. The environment she lives in is full of dust, disgust, and has a peculiar “dark” smell. It is evident that she was depressed, lonely and in poor health. Her pride was so intense that she didn't come out of her house for 10 years. Her only companion was her dead boyfriend and her faithful black servant. Her misery leads her to madness and eternal attachment to the only two people who could satisfy her high demands.
The story shows that the town respects Emily. Perhaps it is because they understood her tragedy and were incapable of helping her. Regardless of her misery, Emily kept her posture as an important figure in town until the end. Tradition fueled her pride, and pride made Emily live a miserable life. Nobody could help her escape her loneliness and extreme attachment she had towards her loved ones. It is unclear if she killed her husband, but one thing is forever true: nobody portrays the miserable outcome of negative pride such as Emily.