Important Ideas In Faulkner For A Highschooler Or Sophmore College Student

1) Faulkner uses an experimental writing style with stream of consciousness, long sentences, and multiple perspectives.
2) He is a Southern writer. The South is a character not just a setting. He provides a cultural history of the South, replete with regional anxieties.
3) Even though #2, he writes about the universal human condition.
4) Family in Faulkner is a metaphor for community.
5) There is an unresolved tension in Faulkner between, on one hand, tradition/legacy/past and, on the other hand, modern/present. Neither is valorized. A focus on rotting and on disintegration highlights the problems inherent in both.

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