The Importance of Love in Three Novels by William Faulkner

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literature, Faulkner, love, relationships, writing


Comparative Literature | English Language and Literature | Fiction


William Faulkner, in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, given on December 10, 1950, speaks to young authors concerning suitable subjects for the writer of the twentieth century:

He must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid; and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart, the old universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed--love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice.

In analyzing three of Faulkner's own best works, Absalom, Absalom!, The Sound and the Fury, and Light in August, it becomes apparent that one of these "old verities," love, is indeed a major concern of Faulkner. This paper will deal with love relationships in these three novels.

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