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5-13-2020

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William Faulkner's works are often the subject of debate. Frequently, scholars explore whether Faulkner purported classist values or refuted them. However, before this discussion can be argued sufficiently, it would be appropriate to look into the motivation behind Faulkner's ideals. My paper explores Faulkner's idolization of his grandfather and the weaving of his idol's morals into his works, namely "A Rose for Emily" and "Barn Burning". Faulkner's recurring character, Colonel Sartoris, is a characterization of Faulkner's grandfather, and an in-depth look at Faulkner's texts, as well as the life, status, and morals of the character's model lend valuable insight into Faulkner's exploration of Civil War ideals and social order. Furthermore, the paper highlights the struggle Faulkner may have been experienced in writing during the Great Depression, a time when the upper class faced economic and social challenges in similar fashion to Faulkner's grandfather. The author may have been contemplating the merits and faults of a return to such a time and order, and opted to describe his struggle in these works.

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May 13th, 12:00 AM

The Colonel: William Faulkner's Idol and Moral Compass

William Faulkner's works are often the subject of debate. Frequently, scholars explore whether Faulkner purported classist values or refuted them. However, before this discussion can be argued sufficiently, it would be appropriate to look into the motivation behind Faulkner's ideals. My paper explores Faulkner's idolization of his grandfather and the weaving of his idol's morals into his works, namely "A Rose for Emily" and "Barn Burning". Faulkner's recurring character, Colonel Sartoris, is a characterization of Faulkner's grandfather, and an in-depth look at Faulkner's texts, as well as the life, status, and morals of the character's model lend valuable insight into Faulkner's exploration of Civil War ideals and social order. Furthermore, the paper highlights the struggle Faulkner may have been experienced in writing during the Great Depression, a time when the upper class faced economic and social challenges in similar fashion to Faulkner's grandfather. The author may have been contemplating the merits and faults of a return to such a time and order, and opted to describe his struggle in these works.