The narration and point of view in the story was that of the towns people. In the story the narrator is described as “we”. For instance in the story when it was talking about the death of Emily’s father it spoke of the man that deserted her in the story it states –the one we believed would marry her- (33).
There are so many instances of foreshadowing that Faulkner has used in this story. The first one being that of Miss Emily’s house the description of it being coquettish decay and an eyesore. Miss Emily’s house had a dank smell in the very beginning of the story. Another is that the only sign of life coming from the house after Miss Emily’s father died is that of the Negro man. The neighbor’s calling the mayor complaining about the smell coming from her house. Miss Emily wanted to purchase poison, not caring about what kind just the best. Leaving the town people to believe she was going to commit suicide. Miss Emily did not want to let go of her father’s dead body.
The elements and examples of Southern Gothic genre where shown through out the whole story. Starting the Southern Gothic theme is at the very beginning when Miss Emily is buried. Not only that she has died, but she is laid to rest at the cedar-bemused cemetery among the anonymous graves of Union and Confederate soldiers. Miss Emily was a duty and hereditary obligation to the town dating from 1894. Men rose when a woman entered a room. Horse and buggies were in use at that time. Death was mentioned from start to finish in the story.
Although Faulkner has written this story as a Southern Gothic tale, it also has an arrangement of the past and present. The story starts us off in the present tense, being Miss Emily’s funeral, and then takes us back in time to the events that lead up to her death. We get an understanding of Miss Emily in a way and an inside look at how she has lived and how the town’s people have viewed her.
The dialog and dialect in this story lets the read know about what time and...