Psychological Criticism

By: Nicole, Katie, Cindy, and Alyssa

Freud: when Miss Emily was brought up by her father, it influenced how she acted later on in the story. It caused her to poison her lover and get away with murder. Her father did not want her to marry while he was alive so when she was allowed to marry, she could not find a lover. When she did, she made drastic decisions and killed him to be with him forever because he threatened to leave. "We remembered all the young men her father had driven away, and we knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will."

Humanistic: Emily was affected by her surroundings. She was under pressure because she was the last Grierson left alive and society saw her as a "monument." She believed she was expected to carry on her name and keep a good reputation. She failed at maintaing the honorable reputation that her family held. Everyone in the town called her "poor Emily," and pitied her.

Behaviorism: Miss Emily grew up as a Grierson and got used to the life that her reputation brought. She was used to getting things she wanted, having perks like not having to pay taxes, and as she grew up into an adult this stuck with her. She still received what she wanted and thought she was better than everyone else. Emily adapted to having the easy life and made sure it was kept that way. "Her voice was dry and cold. 'I have no taxes in Jefferson. Colonel Sartoris explained it to me. Perhaps one of you can gain access to the city records and satisfy yourselves.'"


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