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William Faulkner

William Faulkner is best known for his experiments with the stream-of-consciousness narrative style. This style is characterized by a use of language that mimics thought, often eliminating...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2012 1:38 am UTC

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William Faulkner

"A Rose for Emily" is a short story by William Faulkner. It is narrated by a third person narrator who is not named and is assumed to speak as the voice of the Mississippi town in which the story...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2017 9:01 pm UTC

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William Faulkner

Faulkner, speaking in 1950, uses several examples of alliteration, or beginning words that are next to each other or near each other with the same sound. Examples are "ding dong of doom" and "he...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2017 3:07 pm UTC

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William Faulkner

The poem "After Fifty Years" by William Faulkner tells the story of an old woman who is alone after growing old. After fifty years of living with others, the woman in the poem finds herself utterly...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2019 5:35 pm UTC

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William Faulkner

William Faulkner’s poem discusses the relationship between aging and love. Devotion or loyalty is a closely related theme, as the fifty years of the title probably refer to a relationship, such as...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2019 4:25 pm UTC

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Faulker says that the physical fear in the age of World War II has made young writers forget what being human is about: the older emotions and truths from a time when fear was not the only thing...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2018 10:16 pm UTC

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The most apparent similarity between the two authors is that they wrote in what is called the "southern gothic" genre. These kinds of stories are set in the American South and usually deal with how...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2020 5:32 pm UTC

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William Faulkner

When Miss Emily's father died, she refused to accept the fact and insisted that he was still alive whenever anyone came to the house. It makes perfect sense to say that Miss Emily loved her father...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2018 1:28 pm UTC

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William Faulkner

They are both American novelists of the 20th century, but their approaches to story-telling vary in two important ways: the use of narrator and the complexity of sentence structure. Faulkner...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2012 9:54 pm UTC

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William Faulkner

Perhaps the most obvious similarity between "Barn Burning" and "A Rose for Emily" is the combination of fierce independence and madness of the two principle characters, Abner Snopes and Emily...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2020 12:16 am UTC

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William Faulkner

Two of the most important benefits of literature are its abilities to show us people and places that we might never otherwise know and to show us circumstances and situations that might help us to...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2019 6:26 pm UTC

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William Faulkner

In my mind, the overwhelming message Faulkner gives to young writers is to remain true in depicting the human predicament. The idea that within this condition is a notion of suffering and...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2010 5:57 pm UTC

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William Faulkner

The original question had to be edited down a bit. I think that Faulkner uses repetition throughout his Nobel Prize speech to emphasize his understanding of universal truths by suggesting that...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2013 1:58 pm UTC

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William Faulkner

In the poem, William Faulkner uses the sonnet form of two stanzas, the first with eight lines and the second with six lines. He also uses regular rhyme schemes: ABBA, BCCB, DEDEED. The poem uses a...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 4:44 am UTC

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One theme that comes out of Faulkner's acceptance speech has to do with the human predicament. Faulkner drives home the point that the critical element that humans possess to address an insecure...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2013 3:48 am UTC

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William Faulkner

"The Tall Men" is a short story that Faulkner wrote to try to promote the ideas of patriotism and of the importance of rugged individualism. It is in this context that we should understand the...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2011 1:55 am UTC

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William Faulkner

Faulkner's poem "After Fifty Years" focuses on the relationship between aging and loss of love. Faulkner emphasizes the passage of time through the tense shifts that happen after the fourth and...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2019 6:02 am UTC

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William Faulkner

In "Shall Not Perish," William Faulkner tells the story of how two families grieve after receiving word that their sons were killed in World War II. Mother's family takes one day to grieve because...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2018 1:34 pm UTC

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Each of William Faulkner’s short stories – A Rose for Emily, Barn Burning, and Dry September – reflect the author’s Southern roots and the culture in which he lived his life. Whether it’s...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2015 7:36 pm UTC

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William Faulkner

Celebrated American author William Faulkner was born in Mississippi and spent the early part of his life living in the south. In 1918, after dropping out of high school, he moved to Connecticut to...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2018 2:37 am UTC

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William Faulkner

In "The Bear" Faulkner delineates the line that divides the antithetical traits of bravery and cowardice. Bravery he associates with being scared while cowardice he associates with being afraid....

Latest answer posted March 7, 2010 8:08 am UTC

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William Faulkner gave his Nobel prize acceptance speech in December 10, 1950. This period was only a few years after World War II had ended. On Faulkner's mind were the devastating bombing of...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2012 4:59 am UTC

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William Faulkner

William Faulkner's works tended to be critically well-received through his entire career, although they were not initially financially successful. Although Faulkner's frank discussions of racial...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2016 1:58 am UTC

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William Faulkner

William Faulkner is a renowned author known for many of his abnormalities, both in his style of writing, as well as in his personal life. He was an author who had a strong grasp of the intricacies...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2018 4:24 am UTC

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One of the reasons it took so long for the world to recognize William Faulkner's greatness was his seemingly perverse views of just about everything that everybody else had already accepted. Here...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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Southern Gothic literature follows many of the tenets of Gothic literature, but vary in some ways. Here are three: 1. Incidents are firmly planted in Realism. While traditional Gothic literature...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2012 9:04 pm UTC

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The Nobel Prize for literature is given for a body of work, not a single work, however, the Pulitzer Prize for literature is given yearly for a single work. Faulkner won the Pulitzer late in his...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2011 8:22 am UTC

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William Faulkner

In "The Bear," Faulkner makes a distinction between foolhardiness and bravery that relates to comprehension, reasonableness and wisdom. In Part II, the narrator is talking about the protagonist's...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2010 8:37 am UTC

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American Realism is characterized by a focus on real life situations, people, dilemmas, and problems. It was a rejection of Romanticism, as well. Realism frequently dealt with moral and social...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2008 3:59 pm UTC

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William Faulkner

The nature of the question is quite broad, so I will try to offer up something even though it might not be exactly what you need. Faulkner is probably one of the most gifted storytellers. Using...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2009 8:45 pm UTC

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Emily is seen as a spinster in this story - an unmarried woman who is probably never going to get married. She does have an affair with one man that the town knows about. This is the affair with...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2013 6:54 pm UTC

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I really was not expecting the ending, though I started to become suspicious when Emily purchases the arsenic and refuses to say what it was for. Although people in the town think that she is going...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2019 12:48 am UTC

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William Faulkner

I think that the similarities between Dos Passos and Faulkner are subtle. It will be difficult to forge an immediate connection between both writers, but there are some similar elements and themes...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2010 3:16 am UTC

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This is a huge question that I can't begin to do justice to here, but I can give you a place to start. Faulkner's heroes/protagonists are often unlikeable, even despicable characters, but he...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2011 2:56 pm UTC

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Yes. Many of the character in Faulkner's work are related to each other and some characters appear in several stories. Many of Faulkner's stories are set in a fictional area that Faulkner invented....

Latest answer posted September 30, 2008 11:10 am UTC

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I believe that this question is asking whether or not a reader can empathize and/or sympathize with Abner Snopes. I do not think the question is asking whether or not Abner himself is an empathetic...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019 7:16 pm UTC

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William Faulkner

I believe the name of the short story by William Faulkner is "That Evening Sun." Nine-year-old Quentin is the narrator of this story about Nancy. She has several affairs with white men and...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2009 3:59 am UTC

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The first step in doing a comparison and contrast paper is to isolate the features of the two stories you wish to compare. Both stories are set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi,...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2012 12:49 pm UTC

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