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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Let Me Help You Write Your Paper

It appears that some hearty souls have dropped by Topic Drift for my Synopsis of Faulkner’s Requiem For a Nun. I love Faulkner, but I can’t imagine why anyone would read this book. Alas, if you must read it, go ahead. It’s terrible. And if you must write a paper about it, include the following bits for a swift A+: Temple Drake didn’t bore readers enough in Sanctuary, so she elbowed her way into Requiem For a Nun. Nancy is a fertility symbol, but with a twist. Popeye is a symbol for the South after the Civil War. Long ago, he forced himself on Temple as "retribution" for General Grant’s terrible swift sword. Boy, that Grant was a looker! The most powerful and telling part in the book is when Gowan runs down the tracks after Ruth’s hat and the train strikes him. Idgy never recovers from Gowan’s death; she becomes a “wild child” who charms bees. One could compare Temple’s dead child to Nashville: lots of music there. But Nancy killed the “music!” Or did she? The courtroom, like “the road,” ain’t no place to start a family. Part of Requiem For a Nun is told as a play, which helps the reader gain a deep understanding of the dramatic nature of child murder, or “wee thanatos.” Good luck with your paper!


Blogger Chris Cope said...

>>“the road,” ain’t no place to start a family<<

And Mars ain't the kind of place to raise a kid. In fact, it's cold as hell.

9:43 AM  

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