Analysis of William Faulkner's 'The Bear'

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Faulkner's "The Bear" William Faulkner's story "The Bear" is certainly one of the most impressive texts in modern American literature. The idea of a snake is present in a series of occasions in the story and it has a more or less tendency to influence readers to take on particular understandings of the concept of a snake. While people generally have the tendency to associate snakes with the idea of evil (largely as a result of how snakes are portrayed in Christian teachings), Faulkner apparently wants to present his readers with a more complex understanding of the reptile so as for them to be able to look at it from the perspective of individuals who are simply appreciative of the natural world with no regard to its appearance. Faulkner initially portrays the train using a figurative portrayal as he wants to emphasize the insignificant nature of the train. Even with the fact that it was a remarkable piece of technology during the time, the writer is concerned about demonstrating that people's ability to create technological devices is of no value when compared to the greatness of the natural world. "It resembled a small dingy harmless snake vanishing into the woods." (Faulkner) The train seems like nothing more than a small snake when considering matters seen from the perspective of the natural world. The fact that Faulkner uses the idea of the snake in an attempt to show that a train was perceived as a harmless object when compared to the greatness of the forest proves
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