William Faulkner 's Writings Were Affected By The Southern Social Classes

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The characters in William Faulkner’s writings were affected by the Southern social classes. “Faulkner’s story, the one story he has to tell, is the his-story of the South into which he was born and which, in turn, has lived in his bones and words.” (Friedman) Old, new and reconstructed South; if it had anything to do about the South, Faulkner would write about it. Not many other writers understood the Southern social class like Faulkner did. When reading William Faulkner’s writings you most always find a Southern theme. You can see the theme of the South in individuals, social classes, groups and in families. The classic struggle of the privileged and the underprivileged.
A person’s life in the South could be heavily affected by their community and their social class. From William Faulkner being raised in the South, he understood this completely and used this theme over and over in his writings. In novels as “Sartoris”, reissued late as “Flags in the Dust”, “The Sound and the Fury”, “As I Lay Dying”, “Light in August” and “Absalom! Absalom!” William Faulkner tells about the lack of financial stability and social status of the low-class families and farm laborers lives.
In a “Barn Burning”, we experienced family ties, social class and the workings of the system. We almost see how the poor tenant farmers saw themselves – oppressed and browbeaten. They felt the landowners of the higher social class were the oppressors because the higher social class was the ones who…

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