What are The Hamlet's values, its "vulnerabilities"? This is an examination of the town aka "The Hamlet" itself as if it were a character - a person.

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The central concern of this novel (and with much of Faulkner's fiction) is the old American South versus the new American South. In The Hamlet this conflict is best highlighted through the various forms of trade.

Ratliff represents the old style of trade. He...

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