Tuesday, September 3, 2019
ManÃ¢â¬â¢s Interaction with the Environment in FaulknerÃ¢â¬â¢s Go Down, Moses :: FaulknerÃ¢â¬â¢s Go Down Moses
ManÃ¢â¬â¢s Interaction with the Environment in FaulknerÃ¢â¬â¢s Go Down, Moses I found the short stories in Go Down, Moses to be long, boring, and hard to comprehend. As usual Faulkner writes his stories with no regard to punctuation. His run-on sentences are confusing and unnecessary. However, I did notice the theme of man and his interactions with the environment stressed throughout these stories. Ã¢â¬Å"WasÃ¢â¬ starts us off with Ã¢â¬ËUncle IkeÃ¢â¬â¢ McCaslin in his old age and tells the story of his elder cousin (and surrogate father) and his childhood with Uncle Buck and Uncle Buddy. I was not surprised to see the uncles reappear, as Faulkner loves to have characters make come-backs in numerous novels. Like its title, Ã¢â¬Å"WasÃ¢â¬ shows a past experience from McCaslin EdmondsÃ¢â¬â¢ childhood. The sentence structure in the beginning of the story confused me a bit. Faulkner uses no periods, choosing instead to start a new paragraph every time one sentence ends and the other begins (granted, these Ã¢â¬ËsentencesÃ¢â¬â¢ are basically paragraphs themselves!). Once the story about EdmondsÃ¢â¬â¢ past and the dialog start, Faulkner starts using periods again. Why would Faulkner set the story up like this? What is the significance of leaving out periods in the beginning of the narrative? Perhaps it is to signal that the narrator is speaking in present time, and on ce the periods are included, that signals that the event occurred in the past. This is a probable explanation, as we saw a similar structure in his other novels, including The Sound and the Fury, where italics were used to signal a change in narrative. Maybe the same thing is happening here. In Ã¢â¬Å"Pantaloon in BlackÃ¢â¬ Faulkner seems to digress from the story of the McCaslinÃ¢â¬â¢s and focuses on a black man, Rider, who goes crazy with grief after his wifeÃ¢â¬â¢s mysterious (to the reader) death, kills a white man he works with, and is executed. This story clearly illustrates the racial discrimination by whites. After the entire ordeal, the sheriffÃ¢â¬â¢s deputy tells his wife about the events and in the process allows us to see how racist he is. He compares blacks to a Ã¢â¬Å"damn herd of wild buffaloesÃ¢â¬ when it comes to having feelings (150). Also, when he describes RiderÃ¢â¬â¢s actions after his wifeÃ¢â¬â¢s death, he says that the town Ã¢â¬Å"expected him to take the day off since even a nigger couldnÃ¢â¬â¢t want no better excuse for a holidayÃ¢â¬ cruelly suggesting that blacks are lazy and will use any excuse to have a day off of work (151).