A rose for Emily

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When writing A rose For Emily, Faulkner used a first person minor point of view. Emily's story is told after her death; therefore, an outside perspective was necessary. Another reason William Faulkner chose this point of view is that it is a limited point of view. The result is that readers cannot truly understand what the characters are truly thinking and feeling. The "true story" is not known un[...]
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When writing A rose For Emily, Faulkner used a first person minor point of view. Emily's story is told after her death; therefore, an outside perspective was necessary. Another reason William Faulkner chose this point of view is that it is a limited point of view. The result is that readers cannot truly understand what the characters are truly thinking and feeling. The "true story" is not known until the townspeople enter the bedroom where Homer's corpse is. The point of view keeps readers in a questionable matter of suspense. As of who the narrator is, is never disclosed at all to the readers.

The dialogue indicates a town's person is most likely the narrator. This works for the overall effect because everything comes together at the end of the story. The narrator in this story seemed to have a distinctive manner in telling the story. The sequences of events were not told in chronological order, which at times became confusing. The narrator begins the story by telling us of Miss Emily's death and how everyone in the town attended her funeral. Then the narrator starts into the story concerning her tax notices. The narrator goes on from there jumping to different points in time. Based on the order of events, it is best to conclude that this story is told in a flashback type of narration.

"They rose when she entered--a small, fat woman in black, with a thin gold chain descending to her waist and vanishing into her belt, leaning on an ebony cane with a tarnished gold head. Her skeleton was small and spare; perhaps that was why what would have been merely plumpness in another, was obesity in her. She looked bloated, like a body long submerged in motionless water, and of that pallid hue." (242)
These details led me to believe that Miss Emily was a depressed and disturbed person.

Miss Emily was always wearing black clothing, giving a morbid theme. Her tarnished gold head on the cane indicates she did not take proper care of her possessions as well as herself. She was identified as an older person because she had to use a cane, and the obvious use of metaphors when describing her shows how she was near death already. Faulkner refers to Miss Emily's body as a skeleton. This was a suddle hint of death again, prior to her becoming a part of Homer and her father. The description of her house seemed to correlate with Miss Emily herself.
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