William Faulkner 's That Evening Sun

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In “That Evening Sun,” William Faulkner uses only thousands of words to recreate the old, cruel doctrine of racial discrimination in the South America. The whole story is told by a young boy, and it analyses the miserable life of a poor black woman, Nancy, from a naïve child’s perspective. The words in the story are simple but straightforward. Faulkner makes this story strange but unique by leaving no special relationship between the young narrator and the black woman, so the narrator is pushing the entire story with his truest descriptions and most direct portrays. This objective way of narration highlights the black woman’s tragic fate that is brought by the unfair society. Under the child’s simple narration, there are darkness and misery lying under the mask. Faulkner makes the image of Nancy changes throughout the story. At the first few paragraphs, Faulkner describes Nancy as a tough woman who is vigorous even though people disdain her skin. “She would go down on her hands and knees and crawl through the gap, her head rigid, untitled, the bundle steady as a rock or a balloon, and rise to her feet again and go on” (Faulkner). This part portrays Nancy’s physical vitality as a strong woman. She has swift moves and she is good at keep her head steady. She is also a sloppy woman who can lean her head around the porch, “without any clothes on” (Faulkner). She usually shouts to the white kids she serve, and she does not care about that too. Furthermore, when she is on her way

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