How does Faulkner shape the events of "A Rose for Emily" to make Emily mysterious or enigmatic?

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writergal06 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Faulkner's use of a plural first person point of view contributes much to the story's air of mystery. He jumps around in the story, making the structure of the plot itself out of order, to continue to build the suspence. Since the audience sees things as the plural narrator tells them, the audience is kept in the dark for most of the story, trying to piece together the random elements until everything is revealed in the end.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Because the events and character ofMiss Emily are presented through the narrators as explained so well above, there is no dialogue in which Miss Emily is directly involved.  And, it is dialogue which best makes characters come alive for readers.  So, because of this lack of overt interaction with other characters Miss Emily is not a fully developed character and is, thus, inscrutable to the readers.

azamor63 | Student

Faulkner's use of first person point of view contributes much to the story's tone of mystery. He jumps around in the story, making the structure of the plot itself be out of order, to continue to build the suspense.