Historical Context

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Though the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves, their economic conditions were dire, as...

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Literary Style

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Point of View
While "The Bear" is a third-person narrative, it is told from the point of view of Ike McCaslin. Yet not...

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Literary Techniques

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"The Bear" is a masterpiece of storytelling. Faulkner uses stream-of-consciousness narration to take readers deep into the feelings and...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

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"The Bear" is such a complex story that a good deal of the time a group will have to spend on the story is likely to go toward understanding...

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Social Concerns

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"The Bear" deals profoundly with concerns of racism and environmentalism, finally connecting them thematically.

While still a...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

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Aiken, Charles, "A Geographical Approach to William Faulkner's 'The Bear'," in Geographical Review,...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Blotner, Joseph. Faulkner: A Biography. 2 vols. New York: Random House, 1974.

Brooks, Cleanth. William Faulkner: The Yoknapatawpha Country. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1963.

Gray, Richard. The Life of William Faulkner: A Critical Biography. Oxford, England: Blackwell, 1994.

Hoffman, Frederick, and Olga W. Vickery, eds. William Faulkner: Three Decades of Criticism. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1960.

Inge, M. Thomas, ed. Conversations with William Faulkner. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999.


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Compare and Contrast

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1880s: The Thirteenth Amendment, abolishing slavery, and the Fourteenth Amendment, guaranteeing civil liberty, are ratified...

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Topics for Further Study

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Investigate the Native American Chickasaw tribe to determine their original tribal grounds. What happened to the Chickasaws? Is there a...

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Literary Precedents

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Scholars have noticed many literary precursors for "The Bear." Perhaps the most important is Herman Melville's Moby-Dick (1851), in which the...

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Related Titles

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"The Bear" provides the richest reading experience within the context of the novel where Faulkner placed it, Go Down, Moses. In that...

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Media Adaptations

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"The Bear" was made into a motion picture by Frank Stokes in 1972, although the adaptation does not include section four of the story. It can...

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What Do I Read Next?

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