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Questions about the works of William Faulkner (1897-1962) or his life as a writer.

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What does it mean when Faulkner says: “The will of man to prevail“?

I am reading Faulkner in the University (edited by Frederick L. Gwynn and Joseph L. Blotner. University of Virginia Press, 1995) and some parts are ambiguous for me. What does he mean when he says “...
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What kind of name is Vardaman?

As I Lay Dying is one of my favorite Faulkner novels, but I always come back to the thought: "Who on earth names their kid Vardaman?" Don't get me wrong, I love the name, and Vardaman is my ...
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Who is the mysterious stranger at the end of Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying"?

Faulkner's As I Lay Dying is, on the whole, a realistic novel which seeks to portray the misery of poverty in the deep south. However, the ending very much took me by surprise. Anse, the father of ...
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Repetition in Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying"

While reading As I Lay Dying, I noticed that the characters repeat certain phrases a great deal. Here's an example from one of Tull's chapters which shows the same two phrases recurring three times in ...
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How are "sin and love and fear" "just sounds" in Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying"?

I lighted upon this quote from Faulkner's novel As I Lay Dying on WikiQuote: He did not know that he was dead, then. Sometimes I would lie by him in the dark, hearing the land that was now of my ...
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Why didn't Faulkner split a 118-word sentence into three, In "Barn Burning" when he writes about the boy protagonist?

Prof. Brooks Landon, U. Iowa, Ph.D. U. Texas at Austin. Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read (Great Courses) (2013). pp 16-17.      I like ...
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What is Faulkner's point of view in the "Address to the Graduating Class?"

Here is the "Address to the Graduating Class" by Faulkner. Years ago, before any of you were born, a wise Frenchman said, “If youth knew; if age could.” We all know what he meant: that when you ...
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What is the rhetorical purpose of the description of Miss Emily?

I have been asked this question and I am finding it difficult to pinpoint an answer. I presume it must be c) or e) but I cannot decide. An explanation of the correct choice would be very helpful. "...
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What does the rose represent in "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner?

In A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner, Faulkner never mentions rose as a noun, only as a past tense verb throughout the work. However, its position as one of two primary words within the title, ...
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What was the origin of Emily Grierson's hereditary obligation upon the town?

In A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner, Emily Grierson, the main character of the work says, I have no taxes in Jefferson. Colonel Sartoris explained it to me. Perhaps one of you can gain access ...
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Meaning of this William Faulkner quote

In a specific scene of Requiem for a Nun by William Faulkner, Temple Drake states that Temple Drake is dead. In response, Gavin, Nancy's lawyer, responds: The past is never dead. It's not ...