William Faulkner's background influenced him to write the unconventional.
One important influence on the story is.
that Faulkner grew up in the South. The Economist magazine states that.
the main source of his inspiration was the passionate history of the.
American South, centered for him in the town of Oxford, Mississippi,.
where he lived most of his life. Similarly, Faulkner turns Oxford.
and its environs, "my own little postage stamp of native soil," into.
Yoknapatawpha County, the mythical region in which he sets the novel.
(76). In addition to setting, another influence on the story is Faulkner's.
own family. He had three brothers, black servants, a mother whose family.
was not as distinguished as her husband's, a father who drank a lot, and.
a grandmother called Damuddy who died while he was young. In comparison,.
the novel is told from the point of view of the three Compson brothers,.
shows the black servant Dilsey as a main character, has Mrs.! Compson!.
complain about how her family is beneath her husband's, portrays.
Mr. Compson as a alcoholic, and names the children's grandmother Damuddy.
who also dies while they are young. Perhaps the most important influence.
on the story is Faulkner's education, or lack thereof. He never graduated.
from high school, let alone college, and in later life wryly described.
himself as "the world's oldest sixth grader." He took insistent pride in.
the pre-intellectual character of his creativity, and once declined to.
meet a delegation of distinguished foreign authors because "they'd want.
to talk about ideas. I'm a writer, not a literary man" (76). In writing.
The Sound and the Fury, Faulkner pays no attention to normal literary.
work. He often uses incoherent and irrational phrases to bring the.
reader into the minds of the characters. This background, together with.
a believable plot, convincing characterization and important literary.
devices enables William Faulkner in The Sound and the! Fury to deve!.