Supremacism In William Faulkner

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One theme commonly seen throughout the works of William Faulkner is tragedy. Faulkner’s novels and short stories are riddled with misfortune and sadness. Nice moments are few and far between, and usually last for a very short time. The morbid events that affect Faulkner’s characters are often inevitable, as in the characters have no way of escaping their certain demise. William Faulkner has a way of lining up these tragic events in a way that they appear circumstantial, yet none of his characters obtain the power to prevent or withstand their eventual downfall (Radloff). Growing up in Mississippi, William Faulkner was raised in an area that was virtually untamed, as it was rampant with crime and racism. He incorporated many of the problems that he witnessed in the south into his writing. Violence, rape, and incest are just some of the enormous issues that Faulkner describes in his stories. This creates a feeling of absence, almost as if the reader feels lost (Radloff). The south, as described in Faulkner’s writing, was not only drenched in random crimes, but an organized hatred towards non-whites. As seen in his stories, Faulkner expresses a very white-supremacist theme that emphasizes the severity of blatant racism at the time of his childhood in Mississippi. He …show more content…
One style he uses is known as the “future unknown”. In this style, he gives the reader an intense and detailed account of some future event in the book before it occurs. This seems like foreshadowing, but it actually is not because the future is not hinted to us, but given directly. Throughout the entire story after the “flash-forward”, the reader understands that a certain event will take place, but is still not definite on when the story will catch up. This style provides a sort of uncertainty in the reader because the image of the future are complete, but the reader wants the big picture, like what leads up to the scene and what follows it

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