23 January 2015
“And who am I? That’s a secret I’ll never tell...” In “A Rose for Emily” we get a lot of outrageous things form the story staring with the protagonists death and ending with another “passing” found. But the oddest thing in this story must be the “Gossip Girl” narrator, he/she speaks for the whole town, and untrustworthy.
First off the storyteller in “A Rose for Emily” he/she likes to stalk every move that Emily makes. Whether she is staying home for too long or going out to buy rat poison. The narrator notes the town believing: “’She will kill herself’; and we sad it would be the best thing” (Faulkner 85), assuming that she couldn’t live without Homer Barron. Faulkner accurately admits in the beginning of the story that on the occasion of Emily’s death the people living in this town went to the funeral not to show some sort of respect but to essentially see what her home looked like (82).
Second, no one ever spoke to Emily in order to know how she was reaction to the situations she had to face alone or in regards to her healthy. Instead they spread rumors that she was going to marry, as Faulkner suggests: a gay man who would drink with men and wasn’t of the marrying nature (85). However, Robertson claims: “Faulkner believed that a writer was always ‘simply telling a story in the most moving and dramatic way he can think to do it . . . to tell you in the most moving and economical way he can’” (154). Faulkner’s way of making the telling of this story theatrical is by