The women of the town went “mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which no onehad seen in at least ten years.” They had always wondered what she was like, but never really found out.
It was not their place to speak with her, for she was a Grierson, albeit a fallen one.
She is a woman lost in time, with no real place among society, especially not a society who places her on a pedestal, enabling her many questionable actions.
Miss Emily’s generation grew up in a time when women were expected to get married, have children, and take care of the house.
She remained a stubborn product of her times, keeping a manservant who most likely had been with her since he had been a slave, and had stayed out of loyalty to her.
She continually refused progress, not allowing them to “fasten the metal numbers above her door and attach a mailbox to it” when the town finally got postal service.
Before Homer Barron’s disappearance, he was last seen entering the residence of Miss Emily Grierson.
Her life is a mystery since she went in a state of isolation and denial; consequently, Miss Emily did not leave her house for 40 forty years.
In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” Miss Emily sees the world change in many different ways, and yet stays the same.
In her case, the world she grew up in literally is gone, and she does not posses the skills to change along with it.