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The Hamlet by William Faulkner is a book that has many southern jokes and metaphors that make it humorous. Despite the humor in it, Faulkner reveals a lot of suffering and sadness, as most of his characters are poor. The story is set towards the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century; Faulkner shows readers how black people and women were mistreated during that period. Furthermore, he focuses on themes such as antebellum aristocracy, which slowly fades away and is replaced by greedy people who are willing to exploit others for money.

The Hamlet is not a linear narrative. Instead, the author focuses on characterization and telling different stories; he later links them together. Faulkner constantly deviates from the main plot and gives in-depth descriptions of places, animals, and characters. For instance, he describes a character’s dog to the point that it stands out vividly in the story.

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