That Evening Sun Essay

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Critical Analysis of That Evening Sun
In That Evening Sun, William Faulkner approaches the story through an anecdotal style that gives meaning to the story. The narrator uses the anecdote that happened to him to convey the story’s underlying meaning that people are restricted by social class and race, not realizing this meaning himself at the time. The era of racism pertains to the meaning of the story, discussing the aversion of southern white people to help those different from them, focusing on the restrictions that society has placed on social class and race separation and the desire to maintain the division.
The anecdotal style in That Evening Sun allows the narrator, Quentin, to have a viewpoint and an attitude that is more
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To exemplify, Caddy asks “where did you get a watermelon in the winter,” referring to Jesus calling the baby bump a watermelon. The children interpret everything that is said literally, showing how little they knew. Quentin, as a child, is also not able to offer insight about the more serious issue presented; how social class and race proposes restrictions, but the reader sees the issues. It is also important to note that out of every memory Quentin had as a child, he has chosen to tell this one. By telling this memory, we see how the story is a commentary on racism and that not only does racism exist, but how racism is something that stays in a person’s mind because of how present it is in society.
That Evening Sun uses the children in the story to provide a direct contrast to Nancy, the Negro woman in the story that works for them. Jason and Caddy, for example, made it a game throughout the story to poke fun at each other for being afraid of the dark. This directly contrasts to Nancy being afraid of the dark because Nancy is not playing a game, Nancy is afraid of the dark because of a serious fear of her husband, Jesus. “You were scairder than niggers,” (294), is a common phrase for the children because they constantly see Nancy being afraid and make it a game to not be as scared as her. What they don’t realize is Nancy is fearful for her life, since the law cannot protect her; “what could the officers do?’ father
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