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It is important to bear in mind that William Faulkners short stories take place in the fictional county of Yoknapatawpha Northern Mississippi It is also important to stress that Faulkner lived the greater part of his life in the town of Oxford Mississippi which served as his model for the fictional Jefferson the setting of many of his short stories Faulkners family lived during the prosperous decades of Mississippi However after the war broke out they went through a very critical time Faulkner meditated on the story of his family as well as on his own and made use of it to create his fiction Dry September is a story in which he deals with very polemic issues such as racism violence and the position of women in society This story opens our eyes to several problems that affect our society as well as to the question of prejudice which is inherent in all human beings The story revolves around a rumor that a black man called Will Mayes had raped Miss Minnie Cooper a white unmarried woman in her late thirties it had gone like a fire in dry grass the rumor the story whatever it was As Jefferson is a small town rumors fly like fire in a dry field The conflict is presented to us at the very beginning The first scene of the story takes place in a barbershop where some white men are having a fiery discussion about what had allegedly happened to Minnie Cooper It is through this discussion that we find out what to expect from the story One of the barbers tries to calm the angry men down and to convince them that Will Mayes is incapable of doing such a terrible thing but he is accused of being a nigger lover Yet it is important to point out that even though the barber is the only person who believes Will Mayes is not guilty
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