Does "A Rose for Emily" follow conventional plot structure?
This story does not follow a traditional beginning- to- conclusion format. Many stories start at the beginning and progress along in a linear fashion. Faulkner uses a different technique to tell the story. Faulkner relays the story by using both flashbacks and present time, yet not in a chronological order. The span of time covers almost fifty years. The use of the flashbacks, as well as foreshadowing, make this story a unique one.
By employing this style, the readers are not expecting the final scene of the book. Faulkner is a fan of a non-traditional approach to story-telling. His novel, The Sound and the Fury, uses a similar format.