Open and closed windows appear with ropes dangling out of them. Faulkner gives us doors, gates, fences, portals, stairs, a doorway with a curtain across it, doorsteps, and a broken gate as his characters continually move out windows, past fences, over steps, through doors, and up stairs.
William Faulkner Full name William Cuthbert Faulkner American novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright, essayist, and screenwriter. A preeminent figure in twentieth-century American literature, Faulkner created a profound and complex body of work in which he often explored exploitation and corruption in the American South.
Murry Falkner worked for the family railroad until it was sold inat which time he moved his family to Oxford, Mississippi. Instead, he manipulated his acceptance into the Royal Canadian Air Force by affecting a British accent and forging letters of recommendation.
The war ended before Faulkner experienced combat duty, however, and he returned to his hometown where he intermittently attended the University of Mississippi as a special student.
He was released from his duties, however, because he often failed to deliver mail. After the end of his postal career, Faulkner traveled to New Orleans to visit his friend Elizabeth Prall, who was married to the acclaimed fiction writer Sherwood Anderson. When his next work, Sartoristhe first novel set in Yoknapatawpha County, was rejected by numerous publishers, Faulkner became disgusted with the publishing industry and decided to write only for himself.
With critical recognition established, Faulkner sought greater financial rewards from his writing. An objective study of human evil, Sanctuary caused a minor uproar even in its revised form. Faulkner lived and worked sporadically in Hollywood throughout the s and s, gaining success as a scriptwriter.
But despite making a solid income from this work, Faulkner disliked Hollywood and returned to Oxford. He and his wife Estelle argued violently and drank heavily, and Faulkner considered divorce.
But he feared this would keep him from his daughter, and his sense of honor did not allow him to leave the marriage. In the mids personal and financial troubles seemed to consume Faulkner, and six years elapsed between the publications of his works Go Down, Moses and Intruder in the Dust His election in to the American Academy of Arts and Letters was followed by the Nobel Prize for Literature, making Faulkner one the most respected living American writers.
In the s Faulkner was a much-sought-after lecturer throughout the world. In he became writer-in-residence at the University of Virginia and began dividing his time between Charlottesville and Oxford. In he suffered serious injuries in horse-riding accidents.
Faulkner died of a heart attack on July 6, Mosquitoes is a mildly satirical study of the New Orleans literary scene. For example, Quentin Compson commits suicide, partly as a result of his inability to relinquish an incestuous childhood relationship with his sister.
As I Lay Dying is a novella composed of fifty-nine interior monologues providing various perspectives through constantly shifting, contrasting points of view. Light in August examines the origins of personal identity and the roots of racial conflicts.
The novel begins by introducing a few characters and then turns to the plight of Joe Christmas, who is trying to uncover his true identity by piecing together bits of hearsay information.
Because this story is told in an extended flashback, many critics felt that it suffered from faulty structure.
But defenders of the novel claim that this structure is intentional and serves to enhance the thematic scope of the narrative. With the publication of Absalom, Absalom! After publishing two subsequent works that received lukewarm critical response, The Unvanquished and The Wild PalmsFaulkner published The Hamlet In the opinion of some critics, Faulkner is most effective as a short story writer.
He often used short stories to fill gaps in the historical development of Yoknapatawpha County as depicted in his novels. Many characters who appear in the novels also appear in the short stories, while new characters are also introduced. Go Down, Moses is a short story collection that can also be considered a novel, with a thematic unity binding the separate sections of the work.
After completing the Snopes trilogy, Faulkner wrote his final novel, The Reiverswhich was published shortly before his death. The Reivers provides a final glance at Yoknapatawpha County.
Since his death, with the modernist period of art and literature more fully understood, critics have leaned heavily toward the latter opinion. Faulkner is now acknowledged to have created a body of work that is distinctly American yet reflects, on a grander scale, the universal values of human life.Colonel Sartoris is Faulkner's most enigmatic character.
He is the most admired man in Yoknapatawpha County and, at the same time, he is probably one of the most .
ANALYSIS. The Bear () William Faulkner () “Primitivism—or what might be called ‘conceptual primitivism’—has to do with the impingement of the ‘nature as norm’ concept This phase of primitivism goes back at least to Greco-Roman antiquity.
William Faulkner (Full name William Cuthbert Faulkner) American novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright, essayist, and screenwriter.
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Literary Analysis: Using Elements of Literature Students are asked to write literary analysis essays because this type of assignment encourages you to think about how and why a poem, short story, novel, or play was written.
He wanted to explore the "social and moral themes" in Faulkner's books, and then he provides analysis of his important works. Search for Meaning: Moral and Social Themes Faulkner's writings often deal with the search for meaning, racism, the connection between past .