William Faulkner, A Native Of Mississippi, And Flannery O ' Connor

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William Faulkner, a native of Mississippi, and Flannery O’ Connor, a native of Georgia, are widely recognized as two of the most important and challenging American writers of fiction in the 20th century. Both of them are also two of the most typical writers who use the Southern Gothic style in their stories, which employs the use of ghastly, ironic events to investigate the values of the American South, such as A Rose for Emily of Faulkner, and A Good Man Is Hard to Find of O’ Connor. In the story A Rose for Emily, one of the most famous stories of Faulkner, a well-to-do woman is discovered to have the rotting corpse of her lover in her bedroom. O’ Connor’s short story A Good Man Is Hard to Find depicts a southern family’s demise at the hands of ruthless murderer. While both O’ Connor and Faulkner use the southern gothic style, however, they use it to illuminate different aspects of southern culture.
The most important and defining aspect of southern gothic writing is the use of macabre, or grotesque, events. To define, “The grotesque is a literary technique or style that distorts the normal to the point of absurdity, ugliness and caricature. A setting, character or action can be bizarre, incongruous, ugly, unnatural or fantastic. In Faulkner, West and O’ Connor the grotesque is a mixture of the comic and tragic. Their characters are not only physically but spiritually deformed, and hence are signs of deeper, tragic conflicts.” (qtd. in Harmon and Holman). These macabre…

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