Emily Refuses to accept changes Examples: 1. refused to accept the fact that her father is dead And… 2. 3.
Emily’s character a. Why does Miss Emily deny her father’s death? b. What void in her life is filled by Homer? c. Why does she order the monogrammed toilet set for Homer? d. Why does she kill Homer? e. Why does she keep Homer’s body? f. Why does she become a recluse?
Characterize Emily's father and Homer. And discuss if Emily's father would have approved of Homer?
Emily’s father Possessive and domineering Example: Drive away all the young men 張愛玲： 怨女
Textual evidence: “ we thought of them as a tableau, Miss Emily a slender figure in white in the background…the two of them by the backflung door.” (P197)
Homer Characteristics? Why is he not a marrying type?
Comparison of the Old and the New generation Old SouthNew South Emily’s fatherHomer Colonel SartorisAldermen Judge StevensYoung man who wants to confront Miss Emily about the smell Tobe
The old generation: The new generation: - embody the values of the Old South - feel a paternalistic responsibility for Miss Emily - more businesslike - the young man’s suggestion - “ with more modern ideas”
Questions Please develop the following lists: a. List differences between the older and younger generations. b. List examples of the decay in Miss Emily’s house. c. List the changes that have occurred in Miss Emily’s neighborhood. d. List examples of Miss Emily’s refusal to accept change.