what does emily's southern heritage contribute to the story?
What story is it?
The story is narrated by a person living in a southern town. The significance of the southern setting is to demonstrate how judgmental and petty the people of the town are. The narrator makes callous remarks about Emily and you get the sense from the tone that the town people are not all that kind. it is especially evident when we learn that they were awaiting her death so they could get inside her house. The people of the town (esp. narrator) come off as nosy, racist, and condescending.