William Faulkner 's Acceptance Speech Essay

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William Faulkner is regarded as one of the greatest writers of all time. When he received his Nobel Prize for literature in 1950, the world was yet reeling from the horrors of the two world wars, both of which suffered many casualties. He had stated "I believe man will not only endure, he will prevail," (Banquet Speech, 2015) and by this statement, he meant that he truly believed humanity could overcome the horrors and fears of war. And in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, he speaks of writing to rekindle emotions that were lost during war and he insists that man 's spirit and soul will result in the endurance of humankind, and that he believes writers and poets have a huge role in influencing all of humanity to see that there is still good in the world. So, even though it was such a terrible time in history, William Faulkner 's acceptance speech conveys his talent as well as his integrity as a writer; this was proven by his use of rhetorical strategies to make this influential speech much more powerful and meaningful to his audience. His first sentence of his speech is as follows, “I feel this award is not made to me as a man, but to my work – a life’s work in the agony and sweat of the human spirit, not for glory and least of all for profit” (Banquet Speech, 2015.) In this statement, he is directing the award away from himself and towards what he feels should actually be receiving the praise: his work. While I do not think he intended for it to sound like this,…

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