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William Faulkner wrote many stories depicting society during the early twentieth century In his stories Barn Burning and A Rose for Emily Faulkner discusses how rich whites mistreat the tenant farmers who in turn abuse the blacks tells about Colonel Sartoris Snopess dilemma when his father wants him to lie and explains how Emily was mistreated by men Through his works Faulkner discusses society of the pre-Depression era by explaining the class distinction adulteration of morals and subordination of women in order to show the corruption of the American dreamIn Barn Burning Faulkner places an emphasis on the separation of social classes Abner Scopes a white tenant farmer takes on a air of superiority when talking to a black servant However Scopes neglects the fact that he is poor compared to the servant He degrades the servant telling him Get out of my way nigger Faulkner 1625 His command to the servant depicts how the tenants viewed themselves as better than the blacks When he enters the house Scopes further insults the servant by explaining the difference between blacks and whites when he says Thats sweat Nigger sweat Maybe it aint white enough yet to suit him Maybe he wants to mix some white sweat with it 1626 Through this quotation Faulkner is explaining Scopess view that blacks and whites are not equal Moreover the issue of landowners feeling superior to tenant farmers is also mentioned in Barn Burning Major de Spain the owner of the house shows his haughtiness over Scopes by boasting about his wealth After Scopes ruins de Spains rug the Major states You must realize you have ruined that rug It costs a hundred dollars But you never had a hundred dollars You never will 1627 Faulkner includes these passages to show that tenant whites feel that they are racially superior to blacks while landowners declare their superiority because of their wealth Through these two examples of class distinction
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