The writing styles of William Faulkner

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Richard Cummings, III English Class 287 Tales of Despair The writing styles of William Faulkner, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allen Poe can be easily compared because they all contain elements of the grotesque and a theme of despair. Also, the underlying theme of sin and redemption is present throughout several works by these famous American authors. Normally, one would not put these three seemingly unrelated authors together and analyze their works. Poe is generally thought of as being the eccentric of the group, Faulkner the southerner, and Hawthorne the Puritan. The short stories explored in this essay by these authors all share the same dark view of human nature. At first glance, “A Rose for Emily” could easily be mistaken as a classic Poe short story. Much to the readers surprise it actually was written by William Faulkner. In a savage attempt to have her lover forever, Emily Geirson poisons the man she wants to marry and keeps his corpse locked away with all the dressings. It is implied at the end of the story that Emily actually lays with her dead lover because there is a strand of gray hair next to him and his skeleton is in the posture of embrace. This story has the plotline and details of gothic literature, of which Poe was a follower. Sin and redemption come into play concerning Emily’s father who ignores all potential lovers for Emily. Once he
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