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If Emily was to be convicted would she be guilty or innocent of everything she did in the story?


Concerning your question about Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily," first, as you word it, if she were "convicted," then of course she would be found guilty.  That's the definition of convicted.

I'll assume you mean if she were put on trial, and answer accordingly.

The evidence certainly suggests Emily is guilty of premeditated murder.  She buys rat poison, has a body/skeleton in a bed in her home, and leaves a hair in an indentation on a pillow beside the body.  For a reader, this is certainly enough to convince one that she is guilty of premeditated murder.

Beyond that, whatever might happen in a court of law is speculation.  In Emily's day, the law certainly could not prove Homer was murdered with the same poison that Emily bought.  The law might also have a little trouble proving that Emily murdered Homer and not her servant--especially since he disappears out the back door right after Emily's death.  Who knows, the law may not even be able to prove Homer was murdered at all, or even that the skeleton is Homer's. 

If the person wasn't murdered, or if the servant murdered him, then Emily is only guilty of necrophilia. 

Those are just some of my speculative thoughts on convicting Emily.  I wouldn't take them too seriously. 

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