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An Examination of Dry September

            An Examination of “Dry September”.
             First of all, it is very important to have in mind that this story, as most of the Faulkner’s stories, happens in the fictional country of Yoknapatawpha with the typical characteristics of towns in the South of United States, and this characteristics are very present in Faulkner’s stories because he lived greater part of his life in the town of Oxford, Mississippi and we can easily to notice that this environment served as a model to his fictional Jefferson.
             In “Dry September” Faulkner discuss very polemics problems such as the position of woman in society, the racism and the violence around these questions showing to the reader the problems that affect the society with the way that it need to be treated, with dryness, because everybody knows what happens but prefer to believe that our society is fair and everybody can be perfect. Faulkner presents to the reader the tension of the relation between black and white people trough the atmosphere, the setting, and conversation among the characters. .
             In the beginning of this story the narrator introduces us in the middle of a big tension, with a dry atmosphere, and we can almost feel the dry air after “…sixty-two rainless days”, so dry that a rumor or a story can spread so quickly as “…a fire in dry grass”. Just the first comment about that day, “…the bloody September twilight”, prepares us to understand people’s behavior.
             The description of the air at the barber shop shows us how vitiated the air was with “…their own stale breath and odors, knew exactly what had happened.” The dry weather mixes feelings, and it might be the cause for an attack to a woman, as one of the clients suggests: “It’s this durn weather…It’s enough to make a man do anything…” or can make the men need to look for an ‘escape valve’ and make justice with their own hands.