Wealth, Class, and Status in William Faulkner's Snopes Trilogy
Cornelius, James Bryan
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This thesis discusses three of Faulkner’s later novels: The Hamlet, The Town, and The Mansion. It examines the concept of class stratification with respect to the theories of Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Pierre Bourdieu. The work analyses the major characters in all three novels with respect to wealth, class, and status as identified by the sociological concepts introduced by these respective sources. Concentration is focused on the factors that constitute the divisions of upper class, middle class, and lower class by evaluating the impact of not only economic factors, but also the social and cultural influences that affect an individual’s reputation within a community. Considerable attention is also given to various environmental and developmental aspects such as power and prestige, the means for measuring the level of each, and the effects on those in society who are lacking of either.