Volume 7, Numéro 1, Pages 249-265
Authors : Rebaa Djawida .
The present research paper seeks to shed light on one of the pertinent Southern issues rendered by the colourful Southern American writer William Faulkner . In his influential work The Sound and the Fury , Faulkner crystallizes for his readers a decaying state of a typical type of female characters , widely known as the Southern belle. The latter features tremendously as a recurrent character in Faulkner’s body of fiction , more particularly in this novel . The Southern belle just like the American South ; which was painfully and slowly moving on into a new changing South , could no longer resist change . Pride , modesty , beauty , strength and devotedness were the famous attributes of any Southern belle , yet confronted with an endless array of new challenges , expectations and loss of moral conducts, the Southern belle lost her innocence and the essential features that used to define her as a Southern woman . To explore this matter , this study will attempt to examine Faulkner’s heroines : Mrs. Compson and Caddy Compson who appear to be a good case in point whereby they are painted by Faulkner as decaying Southern Belles .
William Faulkner ; Southern Belle ; The Sound and the Fury ; Decay ; Loss of Values