The narrator of this story appears to be the voice of the town rather than a certain person. In fact, the story starts with a recounting of when Miss Emily Grierson passed away, and how the whole town went to her funeral. The females of the town went mostly out of curiosity just to see the inside of her house, that’s a large frame, squarish house, decorated with spires and cupolas and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies.
After a while readers are provided with an explanation of why Miss Emily had been a so-called hereditary obligation on the town. To cut a long story short, in 1894, the mayor, Colonel Sartoris, dared to remit her taxes after the death of her dad. Then, when the next generation came into office, the Board of Alderman had a meeting in order to decide how to collect taxes from Miss Emily. By the way, at that time she was used not to pay them. So, a deputation came to her house and waited in the dusty parlor until she entered. Emily states that Colonel Sartoris has informed her that she has no taxes in Jefferson, although the Colonel had been dead for almost a decade.
Then, the narrator shifts back in time thirty years, to just two years after the death of Miss Emily's dat and a short period after the disappearance of her sweetheart. The mayor, Judge Stevens got a complaint from her neighbors regarding the smell. The Board of Aldermen gathered to discuss what to do, and rather than confront her. The young one offered to sneak over to her home and sprinkle lime around. Well, as they crossed the lawn on the way out, a light came on, and all of them saw Miss Emily in the window.
The narrator recalls that it was when folks had started to feel very sorry for her. He tells how they had, resented the Griersons as being extremely high-and-mighty, and so when Emily reached the age of thirty, still being unmarried, they felt not pleased exactly, though vindicated. When the women of the town went to the house of hers just to call on Miss Emily the day after her dad’s death, Miss Emily told them that her dad wasn’t actually dead. However, after three days and also under threat of law and force, Emily finally allows her dad to be buried. The folks of the town didn’t tell she was insane then, because they assumed she had to cling to it, that had robbed her of a married life, since her dad had driven away all of her suitors.
The narrator, being the voice of the town in general, makes use of anecdotes to tell the story of Miss Emily's life as observed by the folks around her.
The narrator of this story appears to be the voice of the town rather than a certain person. In fact, the story starts with a recounting of when Miss Emily Grierson passed away, and how the whole town went to her funeral.