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Ivey A McClam English 282 Paul Ragan September 14 2000 Point of View in Faulkners A Rose for Emily In William Faulkners A Rose for Emily the town of Jefferson is more than just the setting It is a character with a voice and values and ultimately it is the narrator Throughout the story the reader knows more about the town itself than about Emily Grierson However it is through the towns attitudes and the narrative voice of an unnamed townsperson that Emilys character is discovered The narrator the voice of the town knows the life story of Miss Emily Grierson through gossip speculations and legends of the town The story begins at the end at the funeral of Miss Emily The narrator or voice of our whole town describes Emily as a tradition a duty and a care 465-66 The people of the town have their own views about Emily They attend her funeral for different reasons the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house 465 The narrator reflects back on the towns sense of responsibility for Miss Emily and gives the reader the example of Col Satoris remitting Emilys taxes in 1894 Throughout the story generations change the need to pacify Miss Emily is gone and there is an attempt to collect these taxes However Emily now in her sixties does not allow this to happen So she vanquished them horse and foot just as she vanquished their fathers thirty years before about the smell 476 It is important to notice how the narrator is now speaking from knowledge gained from the community to understand this story is told from the viewpoint of the entire town of Jefferson Townspeople begin to complain about the rancid smell coming from Miss Emilys house so the town interferes with Emilys affairs Some town representatives
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