William Faulkner says in his famous Nobel Prize banquet speech, "I believe man will not only endure, he will prevail." By this, he meant that humanity could overcome the labors and horrors of war. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1949, less than five years after the end of World War II.
Faulkner's speech was short but eloquent, and became sensationalized in the media. In it, he examines the role of the writer in the context of the post-war society he lived in. He speaks of writing to rekindle emotions dampened by the fears of war and combat and the fatalistic view that it was "the end of man." Faulkner rejects that pessimism; he insists that man's spirit and soul will result in the endurance of humankind, and notes that writers and poets have a role to play in bringing that to pass.Learn More
In the story "The Great Gatsby," some of the rumors that have been told about Gatsby include Gatsby being a bootlegger, a German spy, a nephew of Von Hindenburg, a second cousin to the Devil and a murderer. The novel was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925.Full Answer >
In "To Kill a Mockingbird," Aunt Alexandra, Atticus Finch's older sister, comes to stay with Atticus and the children so that Scout can have a "feminine influence." She takes over as the female head of the household and thinks that the presence of Calpurnia, the Finch's long-time maid, is no longer necessary.Full Answer >
There is no specific birth date attributed to King Arthur. Legend says Arthur was based on a fifth or sixth century British warrior. While popular in mythology, there is no evidence to show that King Arthur was a real person.Full Answer >
Shakespeare is still relevant today because he is considered to be the greatest ever dramatist, prose writer and poet by many due to his rich language, complex characters and essential themes. The themes of treachery, honor, bravery, love and political intrigue are still themes in the modern era.Full Answer >