Literature of the American Civil War Question 1 The literature of the American Civil War, as represented by "Long Black Song" from Richard Wright's Uncle Tom's Children, Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage, and William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, embodies themes of confusion and cognitive dissonance with reality. Cognitive dissonance, in this case, is the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change. The focus of these narratives demonstrate how and why individuals in the American South were unable to cope with the Civil War conflict, not only on a physical level but on an ideological level as well. The basis for the war, namely the inequity between...The end:
.....large scale in the first place and why it resulted in racism after slavery was abolished. Faulkner was able to look at the events in the Civil War, therefore, and through the narrative of fictional characters’ lives, try to shed light on the choices made by white people at the time. Without excusing these choices in the least, but while still shaming the people who made them, Faulkner is able to demonstrate how the events of this time period came to pass. In this way, he eloquently supplements what we know about history. References Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1917. Faulkner, William. Absalom, Absalom! New York: Random House, 1936. Wright, Richard. Uncle Tom's Children. Harper & Row, 1969.