Analyze the narrator in A Rose for Emilywhat is a good hook or lead to invite a reader , or inform a reader about the narrator , to intrest a reader to reading any material from the view of the...

Analyze the narrator in A Rose for Emily

what is a good hook or lead to invite a reader , or inform a reader about the narrator , to intrest a reader to reading any material from the view of the narrator and what are the views that the narrator intends for the reader to have about Emily

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The narrator exudes a sense of innocence which applies both to him/herself and to Emily. Even when we learn what Emily has done, she remains a statuesque figure, capable of no evil, only acting as a figure in history acts. She acts but the deeds are so isolated and so encased within the narrator's and community's ken that they take on an innocence and a harmlessness. 

Everything, in other words, is understood and, therefore, under control. 

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What is interesting about this story is that the narrator is male (we can assume, due to his referring to "the ladies" in town saying various things").  He remains very non-judmental (an objective narrator) about Miss Emily, although he shares the various gossipy things the townspeople say about Miss Emily in the story.  The narrator lets the reader come to his/her own conclusions about Miss Emily and how he/she should feel about her.  It is clear the narrator does appear sympathetic to Miss Emily's plight in life. 

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The narrator tends to represent the town, taking on a cumulative responsibility for what happened to Emily.  That in itself is interesting.  He/she does tend to allow us to feel pity for Emily since he/she gives us enough information about her to understand her motives and actions.

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