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The Trust of a Reader Although A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner and A Tell- Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe are both similar in that they tell a story of murder both authors use a different approach with respect to point of view In Faulkners piece the narrator is in the first person but removed from the action while Poes narrator although also a first person is the central character in the story Faulkners character is someone that the reader can trust and identify with while Poe presents a character that is unreliable and may even be considered mad The identity of the narrator in A Rose for Emily is never revealed yet the reader seems to believe him Since the narrator is not directly involved in the story he has no reason to fabricate what takes place The reader comes to understand that the narrator is part of the community or town in the first sentence when he says our whole town went to her funeral and that he speaks for the whole town This tells the reader that he has a wealth of knowledge about the community and the history of Miss Emily He conveys this when he shares several stories about Miss Emily elaborating the aldermans visit to her house to collect the taxes A deputation waited upon her knocking at the door through which no visitors had passed since she stopped giving china-painting lessons eight or ten years earlier Since the narrator seems to know so much about the history of Miss Emily it makes it even easier to trust that he is honest and knowledgeable unlike the character in A Tell-Tale Heart Edgar Allan Poes narrator is crazy and untrustworthy The reader can infer this from the very first sentence he proclaims True -nervous-very very dreadfully nervous I had been and am but why will you say I am mad The reader can
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