The narrator first started as a first person plural but then in the dialogue, Faulkner captures both gossip and the conflict among small town perspectives. He could for example write entire passages from the point of views of a neighbor woman, citizens, and the judges.
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The narrator, who is the voice of the town in general, uses anecdotes to tell the story of Miss Emily's life as observed by the people around her. This technique is used to transcend time, from the time right before Miss Emily's death to her youth to the time around her father's death, etc.