I was really surprised when I discovered that he is indeed gay.
According to the excerpt from the story:
"...because Homer himself had remarked-- he liked men, and it was known that he drank with the younger men in the Elk's Club-- that he was not a marrying man."
But only he was discreet of his sexual preferences. It was during the olden European times that homosexuality wasn't still widespread.
No, he is a man's man. He is the type of guy that likes to drink and tell off color jokes.
I believe he was quoted to say that he preferred his workers over women. However this is the only reference I can think of which would suggest he is gay, however Homer Barron is not the marrying type as stated and he is basically like all guys, he likes to go for drink with his friends, who were all men. Perhaps he was Bi. It's hard to say he had a physical relationship with Emily as there was never any proof.
Thats for you to decide. The great thing about this story is you can draw out your own conclusions and substitute what you think. Your not wrong...if you ask me though I believe he was gay. The narrator states that he liked men. This was a kind way of saying, yeah the man might be homosexual. In the story the town people said "she will marry him," then they said "She will persuade him yet" ..... Could this mean the whole town believed he was gay? You decide
It says in the story that Homer likes men. & it said that "he was not a marrying man"... But, back in that time period, Homer couldn't really express his homosexuality as one does today. "he was not a marrying man" simply is a nice way to say, he can't get married because he's gay & that's not cool or allowed back then.
No. He is straight.
Homer 'disgraced' Emily, meaning they had a sexual relationship out of wedlock.
This further cast the once invincible Grierson girl even further down into the pit.
First, poor. Second, a harlot.
It explicitly says liked men... But this story was written before that meant you were gay!
The only phrase then was homosexual.
We went over this in an Advanced Placement Literature class. He is definitely straight.
He liked meaning he preferred their company. Women back then were uneducated, and expected to be prim and proper, something that Homer was not.
It talks about him cussing the black people. He was not a classy guy.
Modern lingo for the simple people:
Homer was a bro. He had sex with women, but would rather chill with his homies than get married and settle down, which, at that time, was severely looked down upon.
Yes he is, I looked it up on AOL.
Yes, he is gay...
The part about him preferring to hang out with men is proof
Also, Miss Emily killed him because she didn't want to risk the embarrassment of everyone finding out that she was with a gay man....that is why she poisoned him with arsenic