William Faulkner was a Nobel Prize winner in Literature who originated South America. He composed challenging prose and even created the fictional Yoknapatawpha County. He mostly wrote novels, short stories, plays, poetry, essays as well as screenplays. He is popularly known for his novels such as ‘The Sound and the Fury,’ ‘As I Lay Dying’ and ‘Absalom Absalom.’ He was born in Mississippi, and most of his early work was poetry, although he had published most work as early as the 1920s and 1930s he was remained relatively unknown until 1949 when he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. (American National Biography, 1999). He was deemed as one of America’s best writers of papers.
As he received the Nobel prize, he made a speech whereby he asserted that the human heart in conflict with itself is the only subject actually worth writing about. He made a short speech but one which was expressive and got to be sensationalized in the media. In this speech, examines the roles of writers in the post-war society where he lived in. He talks about writing to revive feelings dampened by the fears of war and battle and the fatalistic perspective that it was “the end of man.” Faulkner rejects that negativity; he demands that man’s spirit and soul will bring about the perseverance of humankind, and notes that essayists and writers have a part to play in conveying that to pass. He said, “I believe man will not only endure, but he will also prevail.”
He expressed his worst worry through a question which he thought that haunted the world: “When will I be blown up?” This question summed up all his fears about the changing times where the world was adopting atomic weaponry. The world now sat between two nuclear superpowers whose ill will for each other was all around reported. To numerous, it appeared to be sure that destruction was just a short time. The cold war had started around the precise time of this award, and it had made me reconsider my whole perspective of the discourse. The cold war was the war between the U.S. also, the U.S.S.R. The speech was an announcement that in spite of humanity’s dilemma, we would not just survive, we would win. (Skarpuski, 2015) Accordingly, Faulkner offered a dialect that improved apprehension, hold trust, and champion life in a universe of nuclear stress.
Faulkner’s assertion can be discussed in two fictional pieces. The first one is ‘Hamlet’ by Shakespeare and the second one is ‘Gora’ by Tagore. In the two pieces, we will witness characters struggle with themselves and the outcomes of each.
In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, it is clear that the main character by the name Hamlet undergoes through various conflict. In our case we discuss conflict within him. The main conflict Hamlet faces are killing Claudius, his uncle who killed his father to become king. His father’s ghost clearly shows him how his uncle killed him while he was asleep and wants Hamlet to revenge for him. He cowardly handled the situation, and rather than killing Claudius immediately he made excuses to slow down the event. (Pepe,2012). For example, having a play that represented his dad’s death to test if Claudius indeed murdered King Hamlet and saying he won’t kill a man while he is praying.
Hamlet is, however, hesitant and fights within himself in the To be or not to be speech. “And so ‘a goes to heaven; And so am I revenge. That would be scanned: A villain kills my father, and for that, his sole son, do this same villain send to heaven. Why, this is hire and salary, not revenge.” (Shakespeare, William. Hamlet 3.3 74-79). Here Hamlet is expressing that if he killed Claudius while he is praying, he would not have satisfied his dad’s deed, because rather than Claudius being sent to hell when Hamlet kills him, he will be sent to paradise since he is praying.
Here we see that although Hamlet is aware that his uncle killed his father, he cannot revenge against him because he is full of excuses and diverting. He can barely make decisions abruptly
The other instant of self-conflict is in the piece of ‘Gora’ by Tagore. Here we find a boy by the name Binoy. He is in the hospital and finds a girl whose father was a patient at the hospital and lends them some cash for diagnosis. The father is examined by the doctor and prescribed for warm milk and the little brandy and is released. Binoy is attracted to this girl and cannot resist himself from admiring. Within himself, he cannot understand how he cannot talk to such a beautiful girl. He feels the urge to, but some power within himself restrained him from doing that. The girl wants to refund the amount they had borrowed from Binoy, but he hesitates to claim it was just a little amount. (Lander, 2015). To add on that Binoy fetched them cab to take the girl and her father home.
A cab headed away; the young lady went along with her hands in a brief namaskar. Completely caught off guard for this gesture, Binoy remained stiff and frozen not able to react. Back home, he over and over cursed himself for this small lapse. Examining his behavior in their company from their first encounter to the moment of separating. H felt that he had squabbled an important chance and felt he had behaved in an uncivil manner. He tormented himself with unending futile thoughts of what he should have done or said at specific moments.
This shows that Binoy was self-conscious and remorseful. He regrets acting up and saying inappropriate things which he should not have said.
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