Who is the main character in "Dry September"?
Miss Minnie Cooper, the supposed victim of William Faulkner's short story, "Dry September," should probably be considered the main character of this racially-charged tale of deceit and murder. There are three other major characters: the actual victim, Will Mayes; the former war hero, John McLendon; and the barber, Hawkshaw. All of them feature prominently, but most of the story revolves around the spinster Cooper and her accusation of misconduct against the African-American Mayes. Although Faulkner never specifically informs the reader whether Miss Minnie's accusation is true, we are led to believe (and most of the town believes) that it is a fabrication.