Literary Analysis Of Dry September

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Dry September is a short story written by one of America’s most famous and influential authors, William Faulkner. He lived from 1897 – 1962. He spent most of his life in New Albany and Oxford, Mississippi. He wanted to join the United States Army, but this turned out to be impossible, due to his height. Records demonstrate that he was never part of the Canadian Air Force in WWI, as he claimed. He attended the University of Mississippi. At the time he was residing in New Orleans, he dedicated a major part of his time to writing and editing newspaper articles and short stories. William Faulkner won several literary awards, including the Nobel Prize for Literature. His writings cover a wide range of themes, which are diverse and complex. The…show more content…
None of them […] knew exactly what had happened. There was just a rumor and the well-known gossip, but they accused Will Mayes, a Negro. Believe, hell! […] Wont you take a white woman's word before a nigger's? and Do you accuse a white woman of lying? are opposed to Facts, hell! and Find out the truth first. The last words belong to the barber, who begins to be called nigger-lover, just because he does not share the same opinions with the other people; he is the only one that trusts Will Mayes, when all the others are against him. The barber was the only one convinced that Will Mayes is innocent. He insists on the idea that the black man is not guilty: Will Mayes never done it. I know. He keeps repeating these words. The dialogue between two clients from the barber shop highlights the still-present differences North-South. Racism and discrimination are two fundamental characteristics of their dialogue. The entire town was seeking justice. They wanted to find the man who did this to Miss Minnie Cooper, no matter what. People wanted real facts, proofs, something visible and clear, specific evidence, not just rumors and gossip, which definitely do not demonstrate that it really happened. Right from the start, a white woman is more important that a nigger. People will trust a white woman and not a black man – this leads to the idea of evident differences and
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