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The Styles of William Faulkner William Faulkner one of the foremost American novelists in history is also one of the most heavily criticized Many critics feel that his style displays brilliant originality while others complain that his writing is too verbose and difficult to understand In my paper I will describe the most important aspects of Faulkners style but also mention those for which he is reprimanded for so often One of the first styles he displays in many of his novels is the repetition of words In one of his works Absalom Absalom he uses the word demon over and over again to describe one characters mania In the same novel he continually uses another word indolent to characterize another character He also repeats such words as outrage grim ruthless fury and fatality in Absalom Absalom to represent the storys significance and tone In addition to this novel he uses the tactic of repeating words in many of his earlier works Beck 53-54 Another aspect of Faulkners style is his use of lofty words He uses bombastic words in order to impress the significance of a particular situation upon the reader One such instance occurs in Absalom Absalom when a character is recounting a past love it was the stinking mausoleum of love it was the stinking catafalque of the dead corpse born between the olfactoryless walking shapes of the immortal unsentient demanding ancient meat Using lofty words allowed Faulkner to convey a sense of importance or to make an impression on the reader One of Faulkners strong points was his ability to make his characters seem real to his readers He does this by going into great depth describing his characters making a mental image of them for the reader In one of his novels he describes one characters appearance and dress as follows He wore a new gray homburg hat not raked like
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