Thesis: The mysterious narrator in “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner.
Klein, Thomas. "The Ghostly Voice of Gossip in Faulkner's A ROSE FOR EMILY." Explicator (2007): Print.
Thomas, a researcher at Idaho University, tries to explore the narrator in “A Rose for Emily” one of the most examined works of William Faulkner. The authors find it impossible to determine whether the narrator is male or female since “we” is used in the story from time to time. Thomas finds the narrator to be very complicated since she keeps on shifting from first generation to third generation. The narrator also keeps shifting from first person to third person. Thomas declares that the shifting clearly indicates that the entire town was in agreement with Miss Emily’s family details.
Sullivan, Ruth. “The Narrator in A Rose for Emily. A Journal of narrative technique, 1971.
“Schwab, Milinda. A Watch for Emily Studies in Short Fiction , 2001.”
Milinda examines Emily’s watch. Milkinda believes that the reader can better comprehend Miss Emily by studying her watch. According to Milinda, the watch that Emily has in the story can be analyzed to give some hints on the character of Emily and subsequently give some hint to the identification of the narrator. The narrator points out the watch to the readers although Miss Emily was oblivious of it. Time was passing and the narrator reveals more about Emily’s inability to control time. However, the author fails to uncover the unknown narrator. To a large extent, it seems that the watch could not give enough facts that could lead Milinda to give the identity of the narrator. Anonymity prevails.
Sinner, John L. “A Rose for Emily: Against Interpretation.” Journal of Narrative Technique. Against Interpretation, 1985.
Sinner is concerned with how Faulkner’s story “A Rose for Emily” has attracted so many critics from researchers due to the fact that Faulkner did not reveal the identity of the narrator. Readers are left to comprehend the story and deduce the anonymous narrator. According to sinner, the narrator is a powerful omnipresent being that is above the community but apparently can associate themselves with the feelings and attitudes of the community. The omniscient narrator is so keen to reveal all that Emily goes through. Sinner believes that the narrator was a powerful force of the community that kept watching on the moves of the rebellious.
Rodman, Isaac. “Irony and Isolation narrative Distance in William Faulkner's “A Rose for Emily.”
According to the authors, the narrator speaks for the community. With no doubt, he ascertains that the narrator is a community representative whose major role in telling the story cannot be undervalued. Rodman is convinced of this since at no point in time does the narrator gives a personal opinion in regard to Emily’s life but fails to chronologically unfold the challenges that she goes through. Rodman believes that the narrator’s knowledge of Emily was limited and inaccurate because at one point the narrator speaks of Emily being married a complete lie. Rodman gives some hints that readers may use to figure out who the narrator is.
Klein, Thomas. "The Ghostly Voice of Gossip in Faulkner's A ROSE FOR EMILY." Explicator (2007): n. pag. Print. Print.
Schwab, Milinda. “A Watch for Emily.” Studies in Short Fiction , 2001. Print
Rodman, Isaac. “Irony and Isolation narrative Distance in Faulkner's “A Rose for Emily.”
Sinner, John L. “A Rose for Emily: Against Interpretation.” The Journal of Narrative Technique,
Sullivan, Ruth. “The Narrator in “A Rose for Emily.” The Journal of Narrative Technique, 1971