The story portrays Emily as a victim. She had fallen victim to society: first, she had fallen victim to her father’s demeanor and, second, she had also fallen prey to the dictates of society. Perhaps she had killed Homer to satisfy society’s rules that aristocrats should not marry laborers. Despite his murder, she still loved him and defied the town regarding an awful smell that emanated from her house. She had also been resistant to change by not accepting the death of her father and not accepting Homer’s death. The critical analysis essay for A Rose for Emily deems the title character as a victim and thus deserves understanding for her circumstances in life.
The modern psychology began with Rene Descrate (1596-1650) whose viewpoint was that reflection and introspection are investigatory methods, which are more superior to observation. He believed that the ideas of body-mind are dual and innate to knowledge. John Locke believed that interaction between body and mind in equal relationship between aspects of same unified phenomenon. Immanuel Kant reconciled the viewpoints of body and mind, and trying to relate between the mind and body and whether the mind is in control. In conclusion, contemporary psychology grapples with the same issues physiologist and philosophers grappled with as most of them concur that the mental processes and human behavior harmonize to adopt to the environment.