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In the writings of William Faulkner the reader may sense that the author has created an entire world which directly reflects his own personal experience Faulkner writes about the area in and around Mississippi where he is from during the post-Civil War period It is most frequently Northern Mississippi that Faulkner uses for his literary territory changing Oxford to Jefferson and Lafayette County to Yoknapatawpha County because it is here that he lived most of his life and wrote of the people he knew Faulkners stories focus on the Southeastern United States at a time period when old traditions began to clash with new ideals This is an era in American history with which most people can quickly identify whether they are Southern or not The South in Faulkners works are complete with all the expected features an agricultural society Southern belles and gentlemen racial tensions and especially the common characteristics of Southern speech Faulkner strays from t he normal customs of Northern literature to present a realistic portrait of the South that he grew up in In doing so he comes up with an excellent sample of the Southern language including linguistic qualities of both black and white speech Faulkner establishes a unique literary voice which is recognizable due to variances from standard English in vocabulary pronunciation and grammatical form while juxtaposing speech elements foreign to anyone not familiar with Southern heritage The works of William Faulkner succeed in creating a literary dialect which is relatively consistent throughout all of his stories A literary dialect is best defined as an authors attempt to represent in writing a speech that is restricted regionally socially or both Ives 146 In Faulkners writing this can be described by such traits as an intentional misspelling like marster for master or in the use of Miss along with the given first name of a female as in Miss Corrie These amongst countless other examples are distinctly Southern speech traditions
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