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William Faulkners A Rose for Emily was originally published in Forum It is first short story published in a major magazine The narrator is unnamed and tells the story in first person plural This person may possibly be a neighbor or gossiping townsperson but somehow seems to know what goes on throughout Emilys life Critic Michael L Burduck suggest that Faulkners narrator is a woman because she seems to be concerned with every detail of Emilys life I believe this is true he also states that the narrator sees to it that Emilys story is not to be forgotten The main character is Emily Grierson referred to as Miss Emily throughout the story This story has many flashbacks and is told in five sections The story starts with the death of Miss Emily and people going to her funeral The narrator lets us know that the men where there out of respect and the women showed up to her house out of curiosity The house is described as once being white and decorated set on what had once been our most select street 2 Knowing this we can assume that Emilys origins are of upper-class status which later leads to issues with her and her father They soon flashback to when Emily was alive to the old mayor Colonel Sartoris He plays an important part in Emilys life in that he after her father dies he remits her taxes on into perpetuity 4 Colonel Sartoris knows Emilys father left her with nothing when he died For that reason he made up a story to save Emily the embarrassment of accepting charity The story then flashes forward t o the next generation of mayors and aldermen They decide to confront her on the issue of collecting taxes from her and went to her house They enter the parlor and sit on old dusty and cracked leather furniture When they saw Miss Emily they described her
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