Faulkner portrays the townspeople and Emily in the southern town of Jefferson during the late 1800's to early 1900's.
The town is more than just the setting in the story; it takes on its own characterization alongside Emily the main character.
She thinks that Emily has no recognition of fallen figures like her father and Colonel Sartoris.
Celia backs this belief when she says that Emily believes she has no taxes in Jefferson because of verbal agreement with the Colonel "who had been dead for ten years." (1) A time when her family had power in the South and when the Grierson name meant something.
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.When she was alive, she was a charming, exciting and happy woman but when she grew old, she turned into a person who wanted to lead a single life away from people. Grierson and as so she was always restricted him from dating or “courting.” and when the father died many people felt pity on her.The villagers believed that the thing that made his father send all men away from him is that they were not good for him.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. As is the case when Emily kills Homer in this story. This critic describes Emily's relationship with her father as the "patrimony of a man." (1) Emily find her happiness by having a man in her life, and after her father dies she has no one. The critic says "Emily is determined to have her man, her only chance for happiness." (2) She was so determined to have a man that she does not take notice when she picks Homer who is gay. 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.