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SOUTHERNERS ATTITUDES TOWARDS AFRICAN AMERICANS IN WILLIAM FAULKNERS FICTION William Faulkner in his novels The Sound and the Fury The Intruder In The Dust and Go Down Moses written in 1929 1948 and 1942 shows that Southerners treat African-Americans poorly not only in his fiction but as well as in history In an attempt to create a saga of his own Faulkner invented many characters from the historic South He was known as a Southern American novelist and therefore set his fiction in imaginary Yoknapatawpha County during the times of slavery The use of symbolism dialect and structure help to produce a racial theme in which evil and injustice of the world turn a white against a black From Faulkners point of view of Southern history God created and man himself cursed and tainted In other words the whites brought the blacks to America and then turned against them In 1897 William Faulkner began his journey in the world starting in New Albany Mississippi He lived in nearby Oxford Mississippi nearly all of his life Superficially Faulkner is one of the most markedly regional writers since the bulk of his work is set in the America deep South drawing its inspiration from southern myths and traditions and the profound agonies of the southern racial and national predicament Faulkner peopled his mythical county Yoknapatawpha with the human beings whom he knew and with characters drawn from his own family history Everyone he met and everything he saw added more knowledge to his brain about the South This knowledge transformed into some of his best novels ever Three primary influences on Faulkners writing were family legends passed down to him Faulkners apprenticeship and his brief association with literary circles in New York and New Orleans and the Mississippi world in which the author lived most of his life As a child William Faulkner was probably influenced by the Faulkner Negro nurse-mammy Caroline
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