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The Trust of a Reader

The Trust of a Reader Although "A Rose for Emily," by William Faulkner and "A Tell- Tale Heart," by Edgar Allan Poe are both similar in that they tell a story of murder, both authors use a different approach with respect to point of view. In Faulkner's piece the narrator is in the first person but removed from the action, while Poe's narrator, although also a first person, is the central character in the story. Faulkner's character is someone that the reader can trust and identify with while Poe presents a character that is unreliable and may even be considered "mad". The identity of the narrator in "A Rose for Emily" is never revealed yet the reader seems to believe him. Since the narrator is not directly involved in the story, he has no reason to fabricate what takes place. The reader comes to understand that the narrator is part of the community or town in the first sentence when he says "our whole town went to her funeral" and that he speaks for the whole town. This tells the reader that he has a wealth of knowledge about the community and the history of Miss Emily. He conveys this when he shares several stories about Miss Emily, elaborating the alderman's visit to her house to collect the taxes: "A deputation waited upon her, knocking at the door through which no visitor's had passed since she stopped giving china-painting lessons eight or ten years earlier." Since the narrator seems to know so much about the history of Miss Emily, it makes it even easier to trust that he is honest and knowledgeable, unlike the character in "A Tell-Tale Heart." Edgar Allan Poe's narrator is crazy and untrustworthy. The reader can infer this from the very first sentence he proclaims, "True! -nervous-very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say I am mad?" The reader can see from here that the narrator even questions whether he believes himself to be mad or not. These introductory sentences make ...

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