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William Faulkners story That evening sun is a dark portrait of white Southerners indifference to the crippling fears of one of their black employees It is also an exploration of terror vengeance and solitude Nancy the main character in the story is a typical African-American woman she was tall with a high sad face sunken a little where her teeth were missing Nancy is obviously high and when the police are taking her away she refers to her relationship with Mr Stovall Its been three weeks since he paid me a cent He knocks her down and kicks her teeth in Nancy is laughing as she spits out her teeth oblivious to the pain Later when the children are in Nancys cottage Nancy puts her hand on the hot globe of a lamp and doesnt even know she is burning So Nancy is a very strong woman she even doesnt feel any physical pain because it cant be compared to her heart sufferings Nancy also has a violent fantasy of what she would do to Jesus if he remarried and every time he wropped her Id cut that arm off Id cut her head off and Id slit her belly and Id shove In the story the African-American washerwoman Nancy fears that her common-law husband Jesus is seeking to murder her because she is pregnant with a white mans child She can feel his presence and thinks that he is lying in the ditch with his knife waiting to kill her Faulkner creates the universal human emotion of terror in the specific terms of the deep south Nancys hopelessness at her situation stems not just from her relation to her husband but in who she is powerless in the society This can be clearly seen in the treatment she receives from the white men in town Ironically though she is a grown woman Nancy clings to the Compson children to protect her from the
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