Analysis Of William Faulkner's Dry September

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People within a racist society are not to be taken seriously because their actions and thoughts have all stemmed from illegitimate ideas of superiority of races that have been instilled in their minds since birth. William Faulkner uses underlying meaning while describing characters’ physical appearances to further push forward this argument in a short story, “Dry September”, within his book Collected Stories. By putting his readers in a situation where they experience what is happening in the text first hand, Faulkner exemplifies how excluded the rest of the people in the town feel. This forces readers, much like the townspeople, to decide how they perceive the situation. They each make decisions based on what they have always been told, or from ideals that are lodged within their society. Will Mayes was described as one with dust, implying that he has died, Miss Minnie Cooper’s actions were so that so she could gain the attention of the townspeople that she had lost due to her decreasing physical appearance, and McClendon carefully notices his wife’s eyes, showing how he feels shame for what he had done. In each instance the character’s physical features carefully describe their actions, working as a metaphor for how the reactions towards Will Mayes were racist and discriminatory. These cases are seen as horrific by readers, showing how prejudice that resides within a society wreaks havoc on individual mindsets within the community. Faulkner uses dust and aggressive

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