In the nineteen thirties French critics classed
Faulkner with many other American writers, like
Hemingway, Dos Passos, Fitzgerald and Steinbeck,
as merely one of several interesting specimens of
the post-war generation. They belong to a theory of the
novel which reflects outdated philosophical ideas no
longer relevant to the modern situation of man.
Writers derive their plots and characters based on their experiences per se. Phenomenology for me is one great literary principle that every story-teller should imbibe. No amount of experience can equate to the writers as their sole themes in writing their masterpieces. Hence, these lines express that:
The dominant philosophy in Western Europe today is phenomenology, and to a very large extent the
New Novelists adopt the tenets of phenomenologists
concerning the nature of man’s experience.
These lines explain it eloquently how Faulkner uses idealism and innocence of childhood.
Violence in the novels is unleashed when men realize
they have lost the innocence and idealism of their childhood. Coindreau also discussed he subjective approach to reality
and time, which results from the personal accounts of events
by witnesses instead of objective relation of the story by the author.
Interestingly, I love children and I admire their attitude in life. Children are real. They also teach us how much we have yet to learn. They ensue us to take ourselves more lightly. They exude the sense of playfulness because life is a celebration for them. They tell us to unmask our absurdities and superficialities. They tell us to throw away our maliciousness and hypocrisy to avoid conflict. They tell us to put-off our inhibition and intimidation to avoid isolation. They are frank, straight-forward, enthusiastic and hearty. Therefore, we should be like children.