William Faulkner was an odd, but outstanding man. He lived a life as an alcoholic. However, through these dark times Faulkner created outstanding literary works. These works tell how we should live, and not let ourselves become engulfed in the everyday battles between family, racial, and sexual differences. Faulkner received a Nobel Prize in 1949 for his powerful and unique contribution to the Modern American Novel ("The Nobel Prize in Literature 1949").
Through a variety of characters and situations, William Faulkner presents, questions, praises, and condemns the South's view of social standing. “Faulkner well understood his society's system of class, caste, and race -- wealthy landowners, middle-class whites, poor whites, 'white trash,' and then blacks (who were actually not on the bottom of the ladder but separate from the rest)-as he also well understood the problems inherent in such a system.” (Wilhelm, Hamblin, Stoneback, Peek, Skaggs, Reading, Urgo, Vanderwerken, Doyle, Carvill, Tebbetts, Luscher, Watson, Kinney, Brodsky, Zender, Rowley, Wharton, and Hahn 75).
Faulkner understood that, the Old South (before the Civil War) was built on a social and economic system that could survive only by maintaining the many roles in every segment of society. The wellbeing of the whole depended on the separation, and of each of its parts: Carefully guarded divisions between classes, genders, and races kept the structure intact. Thus, it was extremely difficult, if not impossible, to get out of your social class. After the Civil War, the circumstances changed, and yet the New South retained much of the old traditions on which it was founded. Faulkner examines the Old South and New South, how they change, how they fail to change, and how the reality often differs from the appearance (Wilhelm, Hamblin, Stoneback, Peek, Skaggs, Reading, Urgo, Vanderwerken, Doyle, Carvill, Tebbetts, Luscher, Watson, Kinney, Brodsky, Zender, Rowley, Wharton, and Hahn 75).
Faulkner sets out to prove that the social difference between blacks and whites may be more complicated than the first glance implies. One of the best examples occurs in Go Down, Moses. Buck and Buddy McCaslin chase their runaway slave, Tomey's Turl. Who we learn is also their half-brother. This story ends happily, but shows the impossible respect for "family ties" and "family honor." Buck and Buddy also provide an example of how reality often differs from first glance: They own slaves -- including their half-brother -- yet they live in the slave quarters while allowing their slaves to live in the mansion, where the locked front door keeps no one in because the backdoor is left unlocked (Wilhelm, Hamblin, Stoneback, Peek, Skaggs, Reading, Urgo, Vanderwerken, Doyle, Carvill, Tebbetts, Luscher, Watson, Kinney, Brodsky, Zender, Rowley, Wharton, and Hahn 76).
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