Faulkner's verities : positive and negative illustrations in Yoknapatawpha.

dc.contributor.author Christopher, Beverly en_US
dc.contributor.department English en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-20T16:03:56Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-20T16:03:56Z
dc.date.issued 1982 en_US
dc.description.abstract The fourteen novels that William Faulkner set in Yoknapatawpha County illustrate his belief in the eternal verities. The presence of these qualities enables man to endure and sometimes to prevail; their absence explains his failure to find life meaningful. en_US
dc.description.abstract Chapter one examines Faulkner's beliefs and identifies Yoknapatawpha as the proving ground. The quality of love is the primary virtue; honor and pride are essential also. Possession of the virtues is not enough; they must be expressed in positive action. Closely related is the emphasis on the individual. Faulkner presents the spectrum of humanity; those possessing the virtues as well as those violating them are drawn with great diversity. In general, the order of composition is followed. en_US
dc.description.abstract Chapter two focuses on Sartoris and The Sound and the Fury. Both treat decaying aristocratic families of Jefferson. Major characters rarely exhibit the verities, but Jason Compson provides a dramatic negative example . en_US
dc.description.abstract Chapter three examines less prestigious groups. Low-class white family exhibits strong determination and endurance in As I Lay Dying. Sanctuary treats degeneracy and perversion; Ruby Lamar reveals active virtue. The protagonist of Light in August experiences alienation; his associates provide negative examples. Other characters reveal man's essential goodness. en_US
dc.description.abstract Chapter four investigates codes that govern men's lives yet deny the sacredness of life. The protagonist of Absalom, Absalom! is totally lacking in the primary virtue. The protagonist of The Unvanquished realizes the hollowness of an inherited code. en_US
dc.description.abstract Chapter five shows Faulkner's most sustained negative example, tracing the virtueless Flem Snopes from The Hamlet to The Town and finally to The Mansion. en_US
dc.description.abstract Chapter six considers four novels with unlikely characters who endure and prevail. Go Down, Moses shows the secondary virtues dominating the primary virtue. Intruder in the Dust depicts an unusual trio performing daring, positive action. In Requiem for a Nun, a black prostitute exhibits sacrificial love. In The Reivers, a child experiences the virtues in an assumed negative environment and from questionable characters. en_US
dc.description.abstract Chapter seven concludes that knowing Faulkner and understanding his affirmations can be accomplished by knowing the Yoknapatawapha characters. en_US
dc.description.degree D.A. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/3790
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Literature, American en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Doctoral en_US
dc.title Faulkner's verities : positive and negative illustrations in Yoknapatawpha. en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
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