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William Faulkners background influenced him to write the unconventional novel The Sound and the Fury One important influence on the story is that Faulkner grew up in the South The Economist magazine states that the main source of his inspiration was the passionate history of the American South centered for him in the town of Oxford Mississippi where he lived most of his life Similarly Faulkner turns Oxford and its environs my own little postage stamp of native soil into Yoknapatawpha County the mythical region in which he sets the novel 76 In addition to setting another influence on the story is Faulkners own family He had three brothers black servants a mother whose family was not as distinguished as her husbands a father who drank a lot and a grandmother called Damuddy who died while he was young In comparison the novel is told from the point of view of the three Compson brothers shows the black servant Dilsey as a main character has Mrs Compson complain about how her family is beneath her husbands portrays Mr Compson as a alcoholic and names the childrens grandmother Damuddy who also dies while they are young Perhaps the most important influence on the story is Faulkners education or lack thereof He never graduated from high school let alone college and in later life wryly described himself as the worlds oldest sixth grader He took insistent pride in the pre-intellectual character of his creativity and once declined to meet a delegation of distinguished foreign authors because theyd want to talk about ideas Im a writer not a literary man 76 In writing The Sound and the Fury Faulkner pays no attention to normal literary work He often uses incoherent and irrational phrases to bring the reader into the minds of the characters This background together with a believable plot convincing characterization and important literary devices enables William Faulkner in The Sound and the Fury to develop the
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