Rodriquez talks of Emily saying "She was a "monument" of Southern gentility, an ideal of past values." (1) She gets the feeling that Emily is at constant battle with the present era.
Another critic Mary Ellen Byrne, also sees the town as a character in the story.
It is her continual relying on a male figure that gets Emily into this situation.
It is the setting in which she lye that has this impact on her thought and understanding.
It can cause one to do terrible things as is seen in this story. "A Rose for Emily." Discovering Literature: Stories, Poems, Plays.
The town of Jefferson causes Emily to do the things she does. The town of Jefferson was deeply indirectly involved in the life of Emily Grierson.They watched and debated her every move, being her analyst, they wondering why she did certain things.Byrne believes that a reader comes to understand Emily by what the town thinks of her.This can be easily understood because in fact the narrator is a member of the town.William focused on Emily who was the last child in the lineage of Grierson who was still alive. The main character of the story is Emily Grierson who had died by then.It all began at her funeral when she died and her servant Tobe left the house.Just as the narrator does in the telling of the story with his or her great use of words. "From Loneliness to Lunacy: "A Rose for Emily" and "The Yellow Wall-Paper." Byrne, Mary Ellen. At last, another critic explains "A Rose for Emily" as a terrible tragedy of how the societal roles of women can lead them to do intolerable acts. "Town and Time: Teaching Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily." By understanding "A Rose for Emily" one can see how much of an impact setting can have on the life of a person. The way it can mold one's thought is incredible and sometimes unbearable to believe.