Dry September

1002 WordsJun 23, 20185 Pages
Dry September Faulkner describes the setting and characters to show the conflict and the race relations that go. Dry September Faulkner describes the setting and characters to show the conflict and the race relations that go on in the story. There are a lot of conflicts between people not just because of the race relationship but as well as internal conflicts that are not as obvious. There are three major characters (out of 6), Hawkshaw, Minnie, and McLendon, who are the main characters and the book is divided into 5 sections. The first section is an argument over the raping of Minnie at the barbershop, the argument is basically between the world and Hawkshaw, the second section is a flashback to Minnie’s life, the third…show more content…
While all this is happening, a “recently raped” Minnie seems to have some internal conflicts of her own. They are shown in Section II when we learn about her childhood. She has inner sexual conflicts with is making her sexually frustrated. She is always looking for attention and she will do anything for it, maybe she would even forge a rape incident. We’re never for sure if she did or not, however there are many things leading to the fact that she did make it up. We see at the end of the book as she is watching the movie, she uncontrollably laughs. We don’t know if she is laughing because she is aware now that the movie is infact her life and she has a realization of what her life is now or because she just all of the sudden has a mental breakdown. We know Minnie is sexually frustrated because her house is plain and white; she’s a plain looking girl, “a comfortable looking girl”, nothing special. “No man ever called on her steadily” (para. 50), so no man wanted her or even looked at her when she walked by, “in the doors of which the sitting and lounging men didn’t even follow with their eyes anymore” (para. 52), but then after she gets raped we find she gets the sexual attraction she wants. “Then the drug store, where even the young men lounging in the doorway tipped their hats and followed with their eyes the notions of her hips and legs when she passed. (para. 89). In conclusion, there are a lot of things that add to the story,
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