Chapter 3. Come Up: From Red Necks to Riches

  1. John T. Matthews

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306026.ch3

William Faulkner: Seeing Through the South

William Faulkner: Seeing Through the South

How to Cite

Matthews, J. T. (2009) Come Up: From Red Necks to Riches, in William Faulkner: Seeing Through the South, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306026.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 2 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405124812

Online ISBN: 9781444306026

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Keywords:

  • From Red Necks to Riches - social and economic changes overhauling the South after Civil War jeopardizing Compsons and Sartorises;
  • The deal that preoccupies Father Abraham and “Spotted Horses” - dramatizes essential deception at the heart of trade;
  • In Father Abraham and “Spotted Horses” Faulkner suggests how commercial theatrics loose a “contagion” of mass indulgence upon the hamlet;
  • Even the narrator of Light in August functions as the voice and eye of the community;
  • Faulkner about Yoknapatawpha - so-called “rednecks” from dead end of tenant farming coming into ranks of a newly-forming middle class;
  • saga of the rise of the rednecks - Faulkner becomes more and more attuned to the desperation of their poverty and poignancy of their ambition