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William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy are known for their unusual yet honest styles of writing Using a variety of sentence structure vocabulary and syntax the two authors allow readers to explore deeper into the true meanings behind the well-told story lines In Faulkners The Unvanquished and McCarthys All the Pretty Horses these techniques which parallel and contrast each other are very apparent and convey messages to the reader that help to express the passage of boyhood into manhood It is obvious that the writings of Faulkner have influenced McCarthys work and so it becomes evident that there will be many similarities between the two Both authors use many run-on sentences resembling possibly a stream of thoughts similar to that of a person thinking This creates an aura around their stories forcing the reader to focus on the text as its structure is most likely unfamiliar to them An example is in All the Pretty Horses the paragraph beginning with the words That night he dreamt of horses on page 161 and ending with the words in that resonance which is the world itself and which cannot be spoken but only praised on page 162 The reader is brought there to the dream to the high mesa and the running horses not only by the meaning of the words but also the flow of them making it seem as if the story is true and the dream is real In addition to using profoundly long sentences Faulkner and McCarthy also used compounded words within their works Faulkner uses several of these on page 45 with words such as coffinsounding bedclothing and headrag These neologisms serve the purpose of flowing together allowing them to come alive as well as lending a certain mythic quality to the text McCarthy uses these same devices in his works as well for example lightgauge p157 floorpedestal p166 and foldingtable p186 These also serve to draw attention away from the narrative to
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