Reading Response #1
In short fiction, who tells the story and how it is told are critical issues for an author to decide. The tone and feel of the story, and even its meaning, can change radically depending on who is telling the story. In the story "A Rose for Emily" the author William Faulkner uses the method of the third person point of view that does not participate in the action of the story as one of the characters, but lets us know exactly how the characters feel as well as all the incidents happen around the characters' lives. We learn about the characters through this outside voice.
Generally the story is about an old woman, named Emily Grierson, who lives in the town of Jefferson. The most prevalent theme of the story is about the deterioration in Emily as well as the decay of the town where she lives in.
The unnamed narrator of "A Rose for Emily", who probably lives in the same town with the main character of the story- Emily Grierson, serves as a medium, which fairly records everything that relate to life and times of Emily Grierson. In the beginning of the story, the narrator recalls the time of Emily's death and how the entire town attended her funeral at her house. From that recalling, the narrator would like to draw the attention of the readers to the mysterious and lonely life of Emily that would induce the readers' curious minds to get to know more about Emily. Then the narrator deftly continues the story by leading the readers back to the youth life of Emily. At this section, the readers bit by bit discover about Emily's domestic issue and her life after...