William Faulkner Essay

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Faulkner grew up in Mississippi in the beginning of the twentieth century ('William Faulkner'; 699). He was the son to Murray C. and Maud Butler Faulkner (Hoffman 13). Growing up in the South in the early 1900's meant being exposed to harsh racism. He watched the blacks endure unbelievable amounts of cruelty and was amazed at how the blacks conducted themselves with such dignity. He witnessed, first hand, what discrimination is and could not comprehend why this goes on. In many of Faulkner's works I found that he portrayed blacks as quite,easy-going, well-tempered people. He attempted to show them as heroes. It is my belief that Faulkner writes about the south because that is the subject that has affected his life most. …show more content…

He was never put to death because he was proven innocent by a young white boy named Charles Mallison. This boy had been bothered for years because he had eaten part of Lucas's supper once. Charles tried to repay the Negro but Lucas wanted nothing in return. The boy thought he had finally repaid Lucas by proving his innocence until he learned that Lucas had given two dollars to the boy's uncle for saving his life. Here Faulkner shows the humbleness of the black man in the old south. In this novel, Charles comes of age and realizes that the 'game'; of life is not always fair. Edmund Wilson states, 'It is his loyalty to the old Negro that leads to the discovery of evidence that the crime has been committed by someone else; and his emergence, under the stimulus of events, out of boyhood into comparative maturity is as much the subject of the book as the predicament of the Negro'; (Edmund 219).      Another story of Faulkner's that contains the maturing theme and has a Southern setting is 'A Rose for Emily.'; This one, like most of his others, takes place in the southern part of the United States. It takes place after the Civil War during the south's transition from the 'Old South'; to the 'New South.'; All we know is that she lives in Jefferson, but we can assume it is in the South for a couple of

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