In "A Rose for Emily" by Faulkner, why is the story told by “we” rather than by “I”? Why not by Miss Emily herself?

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The unnamed narrator represents the collective voice of the townspeople throughout the short story "A Rose for Emily ." The narrator's use of the collective pronoun "we" indicates that he/she is speaking from the citizens' perspective. By telling Emily's story from the collective point of view, Faulkner is able to create suspense, foreshadow events, and gradually reveal details leading up to the dramatic ending. Throughout the short story, the narrator reveals the town's perception of Emily. Although Emily is revered and respected by the older members of the Jefferson community, there are younger citizens who feel that she is rather arrogant and that she should not be given special privileges. The town's perspective also provides outside opinions regarding Emily's actions and events, which conceals her grotesque secret. For example, her visit to buy arsenic is told from the pharmacist's point of view, and the permeating smell coming from her home is told from the perspective of those...

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