Narrator and point of view

The short story “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner is rendered in the first-person plural creating ambiguity about the identity of the narrator. The narrator could be the voice of the community as he often uses the personal pronoun “we”. Yet, he also differentiates between “we” and “they” suggesting that its collective identity might only represent a part of the local society:

Already we knew that there was one room in that region above stairs which no one had seen in forty years, and which would have to be forced. They waited until Miss Emily was decently in the ground before they opened it.

This may also mean that the narrator is in fact just one person, who associates himself with the opinion and knowledge of part of the community, but not all.

Furthermore, the fact that the narrator seems to talk of Emily with compassion occasionally, knows about the locked room inside her house and was Emily's allay may suggest that he is Tobe, the Afro-American servant who has access to the house other than Emily, perhaps together with the other servant, the gardener: “...the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which no one save an old man-servant--a combined gardener and cook--had seen in at least ten years.”; "(By that time it was a cabal, and we were all Miss Emily's allies to help circumvent the cousins.)""

This idea is further supported by the narrator’s com...

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