In "A Rose for Emily" what would be Homer Barron's view of the story? How would he tell it?  

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mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Homer would probably be completely taken aback, and a bit baffled by the entire thing.  He comes into town, a newcomer, is well-liked, goes about his business, and for some reason attracts the attentions of the town's lady aristocrat.  He is fine with this; he goes on carriage rides with her and is her friend, even though his interests really lie elsewhere.  He has a nice time with her.  She is kind to him.  There is gossip in the town about them, but he brushes it off, laughing, and doesn't think much about it.  After going out of town for a bit, he goes to her house to say hello, and is completely baffled by her behavior.  She is stiff, formal, strange, and keeps insisting that he drink the tea that she has made.  So, he drinks it, and with slowly-dawning terror, realizes that he is dying.  Then, the author might choose to have him narrate events after his death from some sort of "post-murder" viewpoint, or have someone else, like Toby, take over the telling of the story after he dies.  Written from his perspective, Miss Emily would seem all the more bizarre, because we wouldn't know all the details of her past issues with her father and the town.  We would probably be taken be even more surprise (if that's possible) by her actions, and consider a bit more evil than we do as the story is told now.

It's an interesting question to ponder!  I hope that this answer gets your gears turning on the issue.  Good luck!

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