On December 10, 1950 William Faulkner was the first writer to receive the Nobel Peace Prize since World War II. (Fact from nobelprize.org) During his speech Faulkner touched many points but most importantly he said the following: “I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail.” (Quoted from nobelprize.org) At an early age, it seemed as if William Faulkner would simply “endure”. After dropping out of high school in 1915, Faulkner began working as clerk for his grandfather’s bank. When “The Great War” erupted, Faulkner enlisted in the U.S. Army but was rejected due to his small stature. Eager to join the war, Faulkner forged a few documents and faked a British accent in order to join the Royal Canadian Air Force. Unfortunately, Faulkner never got to experience combat and soon returned to his hometown of Oxford, Mississippi. (Dr...
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... from goodreads.com). Faulkner didn’t live to write; he lived through writing. And as his novels and short stories are passed on through generations, so will he. William Faulkner could have “merely endured” and his story would have finished with his life but to endure is to fail. Faulkner chose to prevail.
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