Universal Truths In William Faulkner's Coming Home Again

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In William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize Award Speech, Faulkner reflected on how a young writer needs to learn the true concept of the universal truths. Faulkner believed that if a story does not include the use of these truths, it is essentially doomed (Faulkner 872). They have been around since the beginning of the existence of humans, and they will continue to endure until the end. Writers have created stories throughout history, and these evident universal truths have and will stay the same from century to century. Although, each new generation is drastically different from the last, when the layers are stripped away what is left is an interconnectedness between us (Bantock 102-5): a sameness of generations who all share the struggle to comprehend the meanings of the universal truths. Throughout history, humans have adapted and transformed, yet the universal truths have remained constant and keep the past, …show more content…
He uses his imagination to make up stories for people such as the man who never was- a young man who O’Brien possibly killed in Vietnam- and Linda. In the aftermath of their deaths, O’Brien struggles to comprehend what had happened, and when he puts them into stories it helps him understand the reality that they are dead. The concept of death is a universal truth. In Chang-Rae Lee’s “Coming Home Again” he creates a story with his mom to help him deal with her death. He feels shame about the way he treated her before she died. Chang-Rae Lee, like the other authors, is also affected by the death of a person close to him (Lee 3-11). The universal truth of death in the story allows the reader to relate and understand to what they are reading; at some point humans will all realize death is inevitable. (Woolf 1108) This realization creates a shared acceptance of death. Our fear of death and the unknown connects us to each other and our ancestors who struggled in similar ways our generation does

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