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Out of the Garden

Joel Williamson

in William Faulkner and Southern History

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780195101294
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854233 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101294.003.0001
Out of the Garden

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The Mansion reflected the saving force in the South that shows the innate goodness in white people of all classes. This optimism was not present in The Sound and the Fury, where the only saving grace was Dilsey. Light in August, on the other hand, gave the readers an idea of optimism amidst the land of desolation. Faulkner seemed contented when he wrote Light in August. The main character in The Wild Palms found peace in the Parchman penitentiary. Faulkner ended the Snopes trilogy while he was in Virginia. This was when the “the Greenfiled phase” of his work ended. He then began to write The Reivers. This work was a pulling back of the idea that the plain whites were going to save Southern humanity. The main character was Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Priest. In his last years, Faulkner believed that there was an internal being in the end. During this time, he ended the Snopes trilogy.

Keywords: The Mansion; The Sound and the Fury; Light in August; The Wild Palms; The Reivers; Snopes trilogy

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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