Faulkner and Modernism

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The time period has largely influenced the works of Faulkner. Through out the 1900's the traditional form of writing began to expand and evolve. Experimentation and individualism became morals and were thought to affect all authors of the time period. This general time period experienced a spectrum of cultural shocks. The first of the drastic changes of society was World War 1, which was supposedly the “War to End All Wars.” However, this war was so gruesome that it affected society as a whole and sunk the nations into a period of unknown fate. Authors such as Faulkner lived for these moments to have the ability to build on the depression and write stories such as, “A Rose for Emily.” The time period experiences drastic advancements and changes that greatly influence the content of the story. “When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which no one save an old manservant---a combined gardner and cook had seen in at least ten years. (Faulkner 1)” From the first statement of the entire story, one can assume and infer that the story will contain material that is accented in dark aspects. Throughout the time period of the Great Depression, it was a given that the majority of the population was not fit to pay taxes. The effect of Emily being unable to pay for her taxes is a direct correlation to the fact that most of the population wasn’t able to pay for their own taxes. However, the reality of the comparison between Emily and the Great Depression fade when Emily’s taxes are exempt because her father supposedly contributed to the community’s bank account. The transitionin... ... middle of paper ... ...e made between Emily and the United States of America at the time. America was essentially alienated from most nations because of refusal to join the League of Nations, which would compromise the sovereignty of America. The position of America was extremely powerful that the country could afford to lose support from various nations. In the same context, Emily was powerful in town even though she was alienated from society, it seemed as though people were intimidated by her abnormal behavior. Throughout cultural changes and extreme events such as the Great Depression and World War I, “A Rose for Emily” turned out to be a twisted version of the normal cheerful stories that are read. The real-world events that occurred greatly influenced topics of the time. Faulkner was able to produce a demented story that lies on the roots of the Great Depression and World War I.
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