What kind of irony is found in "A Rose for Emily," and what is significant about it?

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There is also some dramatic ironies in the text, and they serve to heighten tension for the reader as well as foreshadow the revelation of truth.

Dramatic irony is created when the audience knows more information than a particular character or characters. We might know the truth, or at least more clues, about something, and it increases tension while we wait for the character(s) to become aware of it too.

Much of this story's success, however, depends on the reader not quite putting together the clues to conclude that Miss Emily has murdered Homer Barron. The small dramatic ironies increase our sense of unease as we wait to learn what we don't yet know. Miss Emily seems to have been unaware that others around her could smell something terrible in her home about two years after her father's death, just when the people in town came to believe that she had been "deserted" by her lover, Homer Barron. Various individuals went to see Judge Stevens in order to compel him to "stop it," and eventually, a...

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