William Faulkner Point Of View Analysis

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The point of view in a story can really make or break it. Throughout William Faulkner’s career as an author of fiction, he put much effort into how the stories were told- point of view. Each one of Faulkner’s stories goes in depth with each character and gives the

reader a good sense of what is going on. Faulkner achieved this through the skillful use of perspective. He went on to create great stories such as, “A Rose for Emily”, “Dry September”,

and “Barn Burning”. These short stories clearly exemplify why perspective and point of view are important.

“A Rose for Emily”, is known as one of Faulkner’s greatest works. It tells the story of a wealthy southern white woman in the late 1800 's named Emily Grierson. She is lonely and
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They thought lowly of her because she did not have to pay taxes and the fact that she was not married. The southern people still had a very old way of thinking; many thought a woman had to get married young and do household chores. This point of view makes the readers feel as if they are a part of Emily’s town and can try to determine what is going on. For example, in the scene where Emily goes to buy arsenic at the local drug store, many people in the town believe that Emily is going to kill herself. The druggist even asks Emily what she will use it for, which she replies “For rats” (Faulkner 181). The readers, like the town’s people, are left to decide for themselves what Emily is going to do with the poison. This point of view is also what makes the story interesting because one can see how people felt about Emily but can also form their own opinions. This is just one of many stories where Faulkner shows why point of view and perspective are important.

In William Faulkner’s, “Dry September”, the reader learns quickly about the murder of an innocent black man. The protagonist of the story, Minnie Cooper, is

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