In the story "Dry September” the author describes the
events that happened in September in a small American town. As we’ve already
noticed, William Faulkner mainly focuses on the problem of relationships
between black and white people. So one of the main characters whose rumor
actually was a cause for a tragic reprisal, was a young woman Ms. Cooper.
In my opinion in the story "Dry September” besides the
conflict between black and white people, the author shows us how a silly rumor
turned out to be the reason for such a tragic event. Nobody would ever even
have a thought that the words of a white woman could be a lie. Will Mayer, a
very kind and trustful man, did not know what to do when three white guys came
to him and demanded angrily to get into the car. He was frightened and he
realized that nobody would help him because he was just a slave without any
So the meeting was the last one for Will. But before
the fatal mistake those guys made, one of them tried to persuade his friends
that probably there was no raping at all, probably that was just an invention
of the old maid who just got tired of her boring life. So yes, she got what she
wanted. The funny rumor caused a serious crime.
To my mind the description of the weather only brings
more tension into the story. It was a hot day, the sky was red like blood, no
wind, sultry autumn – all these descriptions made us feel even more nervous and
helped us to understand what a huge mistake the guys made.
Injustice always chases people. At all times there
were unfair actions and deeds. But the main thing is that it is always so that
some people get more power and others get nothing. The same happened in the
story. The caprice of a rich woman was the reason for the death of an innocent
To tell the truth the story was just one more example
of injustice for me. I believe that it does not matter who the person is, you
should treat him with respect and dignity. But probably this idea was not
typical of the society of that time.
Nevertheless it is very interesting for me to analyze
the works by William Faulkner. He is a real master of a word. And for me his
stories will always be something that made me think over some life situations
and moral principles that are often neglected by people but in fact should be
treated with great respect, consciousness and deliberateness. So I would like
you to analyze some creative quotations of this truly clever man, the writer
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I would like to
speak about the main characters in this story. This is the author – he is a
narrator and the reader perceives all the information through his thoughts,
descriptions, dialogs with other characters. The main character is Susan Reed.
In the beginning of the story the reader sees her little girl who is five year
old.She didn’t want to go in
hairdressing saloon and cut her hair. But the hairdresser – Hawkshaw persuaded
her to do that. Hawkshaw is a very mysterious person in that city, once a year
he had his two weeks leave and nobody knew where and how he spent it. Hawkshaw
is also the main character in this story. He wanted to get married but his
bride died. The family of his bride died also and he should pay a tax for the
house for them. He saved money during the whole year and on the 16th
April every year he paid a tax. Susan Reed looked like his death bride, she had
the same hair as Susan. That is why during the whole story we can notice that Hawkshaw
paid attention to her. He began to cut her hair all the time, he presented her
gifts for Christmas and gave threepeppermint drop instead of one. He always gave one peppermint drop to
children whom he made hairdos.
In the city
where they lived everybody gossiped about them, because Susan grew up and she
was excluded from the school, she wore short skirts and had a provoking make
At the end of
the story the author said, that Hawkshaw got married because Susan was pregnant
and they left the city for ever.
There is one
more conflict in this story – the conflict between Hawkshaw, Susan and the
society. People couldn’t understand that private life is private with its own secrets
and reserves. People from that city made their relationships a hot topic for
discussion. But they proved that in spite of different gossips and talks they
could be together and nothing would disturb them.They just affronted the society.
The style of the
narration is the author's feelings, thoughts, dreams and dialogs with other
characters. I cant say that Faulkenr uses long and deep descriptions as Charles
Dickens likes. But the reader can find a long explanation how the house of
Hawkshaw’s death bride looked and the appearance of Susan.
To my mind such
a manner of narration made the story clearer for the reader but in the same
time the author forced up his opinion.
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The only way to save this world is to set it on
When you try to look at something through
the smog the objects seem blurred and unclear. We had the same
feeling while reading the story, the plot being hidden among the words and the
images seeming to be covered by ashes and cinder.
Actually, all Faulkner's stories are
undoubtedly complicated. Among the themes and question the author raises, a lot
remains unspoken. A great deal of thoughts and conclusions appear
subconsciously in the reader's mind while reading the book and even more appear
after one has read it. From the first point of view "Barn Burning” seem to be
less tangled than "A rose for Emily” or "That evening sun”, but it turns out to
become a real Pandora’s box when you begin to analyze it.
The plot is really quite understandable.
We read and grasp the narration easily. The main conflict is also vivid. But as
usually we don’t have to ask "What has happened”. We should ask "Why?” And here
we come to the usual perplexity and tricky character of
seeming-to-be-ordinary-and-comprehensible life situations.
So, let’s come to the essence of our
analysis that is conflicts, of course. One of the most evident conflicts of the
story is devoted to the relationships between a son and a father. Boy's self-contradiction,
his blowing hot and cold are caused by his inability to accept his father's
guilt and understanding of what he has done, by his desire to fulfill his son's
obligation insisting on his father's innocence in the court and his plea for
justice. He listens to his father's words: "You got to learn. You got to
learn to stick to your own blood or you ain't going to have any blood to stick
to you”. But deep inside he understands that he'll never be able to learn
Finally the boy managed to rebel against
his father's will, he managed to meddle in his plan to commit one more arson,
and after that he had to run away, overwhelmed by grief and maybe even shame.
Maybe he believed he had just betrayed his family, maybe he was thinking about
the farm and other people who suffered from the arson. But one thing is quite
clear –he understood his father's guilt
but he was still admiring him. No matter what this "barn-burner” had done, no
matter how far Abner's actions were from the boy's moral principles, little
Colonel Sartoris Snopes couldn't stop respecting him. "Father. My father, he
thought. "He was brave!" he cried suddenly, aloud but not loud, no
more than a whisper: "He was!”
Therefore, there is one more conflict that
is of great importance here. That’s an inner conflict. The boy does not know
how he should behave. He wants to be just, to be an honest person. But at the
same time he wants to be a devoted and loving child. But these two social roles
are in contradiction to each other. They are torturing the youngster. And he
does not find any better solution as to run away. That escape is the only way
for him to be in harmony.
One more thing we find extremely important
to analyze is not the content, but the form of the story. Which linguistic
means does the author use to create the atmosphere of the story? How does he
manage to make it understandable for readers, with all its perplexity and
complex ideas? Therefore, we would like to comment upon the symbols present in
the story. Undoubtedly, the concept of fire is one of the leading in the story.
What was the cause of Abner's arson-addiction? What was the reason for his barn
burnings? Was he really trying to take revenge on those who had insulted or
offended him? There are different ways of interpreting this symbol, of course.
Some people tend to regard the concept of fire as an image of certain
purification. The life described by the author is far from being ideal – the
very words he uses create the image of dirt and mud: "hog”, "droppings”,
"sweat”, "smear”... And then it all is set on fire. In this case the fire
symbolize certain power, weapon against the mud of the world. Then can Abner be
called a savior, not a burner? "...the element of fire spoke to some deep
mainspring of his father's being, as the element of steel or of powder spoke to
other men, as the one weapon for the preservation of integrity, else breath
were not worth the breathing, and hence to be regarded with respect and used
But we may also
regard the fire as a symbol of justice. Justice that means different things to
different people. The father set houses on fire. For him that WAS justice. But
for his victims? Maybe the author used this symbol to show that the world can’t
exist in the state it is now? Maybe the fire symbolizes radical changes that
have to be introduces in order to save the world?!
The only way to save this world is to set it on
(Rina & Asya)
The title of the story is "Dry September,"
and the story takes place in one dry September in Jefferson, Mississippi. The
author describes the events that happened in September. Mrs. Mini Cooper was
just a typical town lady, but she was known for having a wild imagination and
that she fantasized and always made up little stories here and there. One day
there was a rumor that a black man Will Mayes had raped her. Everyone in the
town was furious. Everyone in the town then was after the black man. They
wanted him dead. In the end of the story, the town ends up killing Will Mayes. We
can say that In this story we can single out three main characters. These are
Mrs. Cooper, Will Mayes and the most complex character in this story. It is a
society. Mrs Cooper was just a thirty-eight or thirty-ninetypical town lady. She lived in a small frame
house with her invalid mother and a thin sallow aunt.But she was known for having a wild
imagination. Will Mayers was an ordinary black man. Mr. Lendon thought that he
was a really good guy. The third main
character is the society. It consists of all people who surround Mrs Cooper. It
is all citizens of this town who were furious and who were against the black
man. But there were only three men who dared to carry out a sentence. It is also interestingto focus on the main idea of the story Dry
September.In this story there are many
themes and conflicts. These are a crime, racism, and violence, black relationships
with the white community. But the main message that the author sent us is trust
but verify. Otherwise the circumstances can be deplorable. Rumors fly in small
towns just like fire in a dry field. It moves fast and burns everything in its
"The Tall Men" as an example of a strong family unity.
Tall Men" is a short story written byWilliam
Faulkner. It begins with
two men, government officials, visiting a house to serve a warrant for two
brothers who have not registered for selective service. One of the officials is
a marshal. He isn’t a close friend of the family, but nevertheless he helps
them and speaks in support of them. A member of the family - Buddy has been
involved in a terrible accident at work. He is the father of Anse and Lucius, who are to be arrested by the other
official – an investigator. The behavior of both father and boys are of vital
importance. They speak as nothing happened. The author emphasizes the obedience
of the boys and respect towards the father. He makes us feel the very unity of
the family that maybe isn’t peculiar to families of those times.
investigator is anxious to act according to his preconceptions regarding
"country people" and arrest the brothers so he can catch his
returning train and marshal feels it. Despite the investigator being higher in
social status, he can’t do anything, he is doomed to submit to marshal’s
requirements. When the investigator enters the room where Buddy lies, he saw a
number of tall men. In fact they were not really tall, but they seem as such. I
think that their family isolation and cohesion makes them taller than other
tells the investigator the story about this family. They don’t trust anybody;
they rely only upon their family ties. They run their household without
government permission and cannot sell their products, but nevertheless they
continue to work themselves and reject any government support.
both officials wait for the doctor to amputate Buddy’s leg. When everything has
been done they bury it as it is a human being near the graves of Buddy’s aunt
and uncle, where all tall people must be buried.
are 3 main characters in the story. They are Buddy, marshal and the
investigator. In spite of the fact that the story is narrated by the detached
observer – the author, we see everything with the eyes of investigator. He comes
to serve a warrant for Buddy’s sons, it is his every-day work but the author
decides to describe this family, and this choice isn’t occasional. Investigator
has never seen such a close-knit family.
is something special in marshal’s attitude towards the family. He defends them,
speaks about them with a great respect
kissing one another without hiding and without shame. Maybe that's what I am
trying to say. , . . There." he said. "That's big enough."
Marshal even buries Buddy’s leg himself.
The third main character is Buddy. He is a typical
representative of the family. He knows everything better than other, the doctor
tries to insist, that Buddy must stop drinking Whiskey, but in vain. Buddy
doesn’t want any anesthesia he relies on Whiskey. And their relatives say no
word against his wishes. The doctor is afraid that Buddy won’t stand the
medicine, but no one listens to him, because he is so-to-say different, he is
an alien in their family.
So the main theme of the story is the family
relations. The behavior of family members may be called illogical, but the
author approves it, because no matter what happens they are together.
William Faulkner’s "Hair” is the story of a
twisted personality, the idealistic stubborn fighter with the hardships of life.
The chief conflict takes place within the main character, Stribling by name.
The inner struggle goes forward with a steady gait. After Stribling’s fiancée
dies of a fever, and her mother dies a few years later, he voluntarily takes a
responsibility of taking care of the property. His ritual of coming to the
house every year resembles a conventional funeral commemoration. He works in a barber’s
shop where he meets a little girl, Susan Reed, who resembles in a way his fiancé.
He waits until she grows up and then marries her.
Being nicknamed Hawkshaw, Stribling has nothing
in himself that can be likened to a detective. The author deals with his main
character as with a fragile statuette elaborating the details of his mysterious
and tragic life. Faulkner for the second time, I mean after A Rose for Emily,
enters the field of human emotions evoked by death and sorrow. And like in the
above mentioned story, the main character is a stoic. This is the first theme
of the story – being under the pressure of the burden of grief and regret.
Another theme is the possibility and the desire to start the life anew. A
person is not always ready to begin or resume living in the usual course of
events. Stribling represents the type of a character who has to undergo a set
of metamorphoses to recharge his inner spiritual drive to go on. The author
also touches upon the theme of orphanage and the peculiarities of the
growing-up process. Susan Reed was described as a quickly maturing girl who could
not even be blamed for her light behaviour.
The issue of moral duty is not the least in its
weight in the story. Stribling steadily pays the mortgage for the family of his
dead beloved. He cleans the house every spring and only after the payments are
redeemed, he feels freed and it took a load off his mind to realize he can
start his life again.