A Rose For Emily and Other Short Stories

Does your view of the narrator affect your reception of the story?

Why does Faulkner use this particular narrator? What do you know about him? Can you list his "values" and if so, are they shared by the town? Is this narrator reliable? Does the fact he is a male matter?

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The narrator of this story is the voice of the town rather than a specific person. We get the valus, speculations, and judgments of the town through the narrator's voice. The story begins with a recounting of when Miss Emily Grierson died, and how the whole town went to her funeral. The women of the town went mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which is "a big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies, set on what had once been our most select street."