The main character Emily Grierson, is defiantly odd by any average reader's values, thus a character analysis could go in many different directions. It is pretty much impossible to inspect her in a mental as well as contextual light. Over the course of the story, Emily's unpredictable and odd behavior becomes very weird. The townspeople (as well as the reader) are left trying to explain how Emily was able to sleep next to the corpse of Homer Barron for so many years and think nothing of it. Now the narrator tells us that the townspeople did not say she was crazy (Faulkner 78), and of course, she had never gone to a doctor for mental issues, so they had no way of thinking she was. However by the story's close, the reader can go back through the story and spot several episodes in which Emily's character and actions hinted at the chance of a mental illness, even if the town wanted to ignore these and think or her as a social idol. It's reasonable to think that Emily developed a mental illness as a response to the demanding conditions as a Southern woman from an aristocratic family. While growing up she obviously didn't develop normal coping and defensive mechanisms. Things that most people could handle, she couldn't, and her mental state got worse over time.
Emily lived many years as a loner; she withdrew from her community to live in isolation. The story skips a lot over time to different parts in her life, She was sick for a long time. When we saw her againâ€¦ (Faulkner 78) When we next saw Miss Emilyâ€¦ (Faulkner 80). Faulkner tries to characterize Emily's seclusion through her actions. When her father died a lot of time passed till we saw her again, and when her relationship ended, again more time passed before we saw her again. Even though her father was a main key in her seclusion, her southern pride didn't help either. None of the young men were quite good enough for Miss Emily and such. (Faulkner 77). She felt that she was above socializing with others in the community. If her father hadn't of scared off every man who tried to court her, Emily wouldn't have gone insane.