William Faulkner's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech and its Relevance

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William Faulkner's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech and its Relevance

William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech is a dynamic statement that challenges the writer and man to not simply sit around and watch the end of man, but to help man endure and prevail. Faulkner refuses to accept the naturalists theme that human beings are dominated, controlled, and overwhelmed by their environment and nature. He does not accept the end of man, but rather says that man will prevail. Though many have accepted the easy way out by saying man will simply endure because one can hear his soft, inexhaustible voice even after death, Faulkner also refuses this. He says man will not only endure, but he shall prevail or triumph over death. Man will
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Eliot. Eliot wrote about man’s effort to transcend the force of time and man’s effort to achieve the timelessness of the eternal. His writings reflect his own personal themes and direction of his life: the quest for eternal salvation. He believes one can “endure and prevail’ as Faulkner does as evident in “The Wasteland”. “The Wasteland” emphasizes the decay of the western civilization, yet there was hope and courage in the writings. Eliot joins William Faulkner in the argument that man controls his own destiny.
Along with many other authors, Stephen Crane would disagree with Eliot and Faulkner on their views because he was a naturalistic author. Crane saw human beings as wholly controlled by their environment and their heredity. “The Open Boat” expresses Crane’s naturalistic qualities showing men having no control over their destiny as they are stuck in the ocean and are controlled by the sea. Although Crane is seen as a naturalist writer, he is also seen as a Christian symbolist expressing ultimate understanding of faith and the redemption of people.
Robert Frost, like Stephen Crane, also was a naturalist writer and would disagree with Faulkner. He believed man had no free will and man would become the sum of your choices. Frost writes in ordinary speech as Faulkner did in his Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech.
Like Frost and Crane, Eugene O’Neill also expressed a naturalistic point of view on his writings. O’Neill’s naturalistic