Narrator and point of view

The short story “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner is told by a first-person plural narrator, whose identity is difficult to pinpoint. Throughout the story, the narrative voice is identified through the use of “we”: “Then we were sure that they were to be married. We learned that Miss Emily had been to the jeweler's (…) Two days later we learned…” (p. 7, ll. 4-7). We can, therefore, assume that the narrative voice belongs to the townspeople in Jefferson, who follow Emily across the years.

However, the narrative voice is still ambiguous. Throughout the text, the narrative voice differentiates between “we” and “they”, which suggests that only part of the community functions as the observer: 

Already we knew that there was one room in that region above s...

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