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An Examination of Southern Dialect

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An Examination of Southern Dialect

An Examination of Southern Dialect

as Seen in the Works of William Faulkner

In the writings of William Faulkner, the reader may sense that the author has created an entire world, which directly reflects his own personal experience. Faulkner writes about the area in and around Mississippi, where he is from, during the post-Civil War period. It is most frequently Northern Mississippi that Faulkner uses for his literary territory, changing Oxford to âJeffersonâ and Lafayette County to âYoknapatawpha County,â because it is here that he lived most of his life and wrote of the people he knew.

Faulknerâ(tm)s stories focus on the Southeastern United States at a time period when old traditions began to clash with new ideals. This is an era in American history with which most people can quickly identify, whether they are Southern or not. The South in Faulknerâ(tm)s works are complete with all the expected features: an agricultural society, Southern belles and gentlemen, racial tensions, and especially the common characteristics of Southern speech. Faulkner strays from the normal customs of Northern

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