Intruder in the Dust Themes

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Racism in the South

As with many novels written at this time, this novel is full of references to lawless actions committed by individuals who today would probably be severely punished and looked down upon by society. However, it is William Faulkner's purpose to show what life was really like in the South during this time and also to suggest how people have to change for things to get any better. This is a novel that was written at the very beginning of the civil rights movement and Faulkner sees into the near future and tells a story of how he hopes things will someday be. He describes in a unique and plausible way why racial tensions are the way there are. In his theory, the southern gentleman will not allow the black man the freedoms the United States government has offered because they have been forced into it...

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