Faulkner opens the novel with the story of Lena and her undeterred faith that she will find the father of her unborn child. What does Lena symbolize in the novel? Why does Faulkner use her character to establish the story?
A major theme in the book is the status and treatment of women in society. Why are women who step outside the boundaries of so-called proper behavior chastised and alienated by the men but accepted by the women? Why are the prominent men in the town especially anxious to get rid of Lena? Why do they not show any compassion for the young woman?
Faith is an important theme in the novel. Give examples of faith from the book that exemplify what is expected of people of faith as well as some examples of behavior which is counter to those with supposed religious beliefs. What points is Faulkner...
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