Author World View (cont.)

William Faulkner, like the South, the region in which he wrote and loved so ferevently, is a mixed bag.  Bayard, his protagonist, is clearly a theist, as are all the most admired characters in this novel (e.g., Granny). Goodness, mercy, grace–all Judeo-Christian values–are damaged in translation because, regardless of Faulkner’s able stewardship, these precious gifts cannot be fully transmitted through tradition and good intentions.  Judeo-Christian morality, without biblical underpinnings, are shallow, maudlin traveling companions.  Faulkner and other contemporaries–e.g., Sherwood Anderson, F. Scott Fitzgerald–all learn that one cannot have one’s cake and eat it too: one cannot live and believe like a godless Philistine and worship the God at Shiloh.

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