A Rose for Emily_Textbook.pdf - The Modern Short Story A Rose for Emily READING 2B Relate the text structures of mythic literature to 20th and 21st

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4HE -ODERN 3HORT 3TORYA ROSE FOR EMILY SHORT STORY BY WILLIAM FAULKNERDID YOU KNOW?WILLIAM FAULKNER . . .• DROPPED OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL AND TOOK ONLY A FEW COLLEGE CLASSES AS A SPECIAL STUDENT.• WORKED ALMOST THREE YEARS AT THE POST OFFICE, WHERE HE WAS CONSIDERED LAZY AND INATTENTIVE, BEFORE HE RESIGNED.-EET THE !UTHORToday, William Faulkner is considered one of the literary giants of the 20th century. This distinction didn’t come easily, however. Faulkner took a while to find himself and his subject. Only after he decided to focus on his home state of Mississippi and his colorful family history was the full force of his creativity unleashed. Over an astonishing 13-year span, Faulkner churned out one masterpiece after another—among them, The Sound and the Fury(1929), As I Lay Dying(1930), Sanctuary(1931), Absalom, Absalom! (1936), andGo Down, Moses (1942). Of these artistic achievements, only Sanctuarywas a bestseller—partly due to its scandalous subject matter—and none of the books earned Faulkner enough money to support his growing family. Although some critics raved about him, many others agreed with the New York Times that his South was “too often vicious, depraved, decadent, corrupt.” By 1945, most of his books were out of print. A glance at Faulkner’s work would explain why readers and critics resisted his fiction. He wrote narratives on the cutting edge of the new modernism, and for the most part, he refused to compromise with the typical reader’s desire for a coherent, chronological story. His novels weave numerous flashbacks into multiple story lines. They push sentence length to new limits, and two of his best-known modernist works increase the reader’s challenge by using several highly unreliable narrators to tell the story. The Sound and the Furyhas three first-person narrators (see pages 934-935). As I Lay Dyinghas fifteen. The story of a mother’s dying wish, Faulkner’s fifth novel switches narrators with each chapter, supplying readers with the perspective of various family members and others involved in the story. It is anything but an easy read.RESURGENCE In 1946, an enterprising editor named Malcolm Cowley published The Portable Faulkner,a collection of stories and novel excerpts that untangled Faulkner’s elaborate saga. Cowley’s blueprint plus a helpful introduction sparked new interest in Faulkner. With the anxieties of the Great Depression and World War II behind them, more readers were ready to accept Faulkner’s challenge to revisit the crimes and passions of the South—and America itself—through a modern consciousness. WILLIAM FAULKNER 1897–1962KEYWORD: HML11-1064AVIDEO TRAILERGO TO THINKCENTRAL.COM. KEYWORD: HML11-1064BAuthor OnlineNARRATIVE CHALLENGESA glaat Faulkner’s work would explain why readers and resisted his fiction. He wnarratives on the cuttingof the new modernism, afor the most part, he refuto compromise with the1064READING 2B RELATE THE TEXT STRUCTURES OF MYTHIC LITERATURE TO 20TH AND 21ST CENTURY AMERICAN NOVELS, PLAYS, OR FILMS. 5A EVALUATE HOW DIFFERENT LITERARY ELEMENTS

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