Reason Hormer died.
The narrator leads us to believe that Homer was 'not the marrying kind' and therefore didn't propose to Miss Emily. However, when you read between the lines, it appears that the opposite was true. In actuality, it appears that Miss Emily refused to marry HIM. Miss Emily's father had historically forbidden her to marry anyone and had chased away all of her beaux. With her father now deceased, Miss Emily was finally free to marry. But she knew in her heart that her father would never approve of a Northerner who worked as a day laborer. So she couldn't marry him. It would've been displeasing to her father. She tried simply living with Homer, but that action incurred the wrath of the minister, the minister's wife and the Grierson cousins from Alabama. They wouldn't tolerate Miss Emily simply living with a man; it was a poor example to the young people. So with marriage out of the question and cohabitation no longer an option, Miss Emily took the next logical step -- she 'preserved' Homer in an unmarried state in her home, a situation that she thought would be pleasing to Papa AND to the Grierson cousins. This way she could have Homer forever, while avoiding the 'embarrassment' of a Grierson marrying a Yankee day laborer.
Critical Analysis Emily
Emily is the classic outsider, controlling and limiting the town’s access to her true identity by remaining hidden. The house that shields Emily from the world suggests the mind of the woman who inhabits it: shuttered, dusty, and dark. The object of the town’s intense scrutiny, Emily is a muted and mysterious figure. On one level, she exhibits the qualities of the stereotypical southern “eccentric”: unbalanced, excessively tragic, and subject to bizarre behavior. Emily enforces her own sense of law and conduct, such as when she refuses to pay her taxes or state her purpose for buying the poison. Emily also skirts the law when she refuses to have numbers attached to her house when...