An understanding of Rider’s respiratory distress is essential to a sound inter- pretation of William Faulkner’s “Pantaloon in Black.” It opens an avenue of meaning. Faulkner Pantaloon in Black PDF – Free download as PDF File .pdf), Text File . txt) or read online for free. Faulkner-pantaloon-in-black-pdf. Go Down, Moses) “Pantaloon in Black” may be found to reside in an ol southern black and white country blues song which Faulkner probably knew and which.

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He points to the “stupid simpleton the deputy sheriff perhaps who cannot understand the meaning faukner the most common terms and becomes entangled in endless semantic speculations and misunderstandings,” Faulkner So religious that he must use the minced form, godfrey, for God, he still cannot love his fellow man, especially if they happen to be black.

Because of his strength he tears his cell apart and breaks off the door. Certainly his throw, this amazing physical accomplishment, caused each of his peers to think that “hit gonter to kill him.

faulknfr Digital YoknapatawphaUniversity of Virginia, http: After he leaves home, he goes to the sawmill where he aggressively forces a sympathetic fellow worker to give him his lunch. The congealed and lifeless mass seemed to bounce on contact with his lips.

Whut He wanter come messin wid me and-? In a fight right out of commedia del arte:.

As a result, Rider’s story stands as something of a thematic puzzle in the middle of Go Down, Moses. The characters sitting around from the timber gang, the mill crew, and the night watchmen represent comic stock characters from the commedia dell arte probably the zannis buffoons McGraw-Hill as they lounge around the circle, losing their money like fools. In these few words Eric Bentley, an eminent literary critic, points out the power, the purpose, and the effect of mixing tones in literature.


Then, in a totally irrational, totally absurd way he forces his way into a crap game, run by a white man who has cheated the blacks of their hard-earned money for fifteen years. Though Rider has made no attempt to escape, the deputy tells us, Rider tears apart the cell, only to be beaten by members of a black chain gang all for naught for the next day, persons unknown take him from the jail and lynch him.

Faulkner God, he will accept, only if God will come now and help him, and he knows little chance exists that that will happen. In this case he eats what looks like garbage in the manner of an animal, a wolf, again a funny scene if one thinks of the mime involved.

Pantaloon in Black

So religious that he must use the minced form, godfrey, for God, he still cannot love his fellow man, especially if they happen to be black. To their center comes Rider, playing the pantaloon, another fool who, according to Skei can rip off masks and rage at others In the commedia dell arte one of the principal sources of comedy is mime, acting without words Mobley 91and the fauloner makes great use of pajtaloon.

Sitting on the ground, Rider eats:. Whut Mannie ever done ter Him?

Pantaloon in Black | story by Faulkner |

In a fight right out of commedia del arte: Faulkner The absurd universe emerges in his response, for Rider understands that “bad things happen to good people” and he rejects a God who allows such to happen. The early version included both references to the McCaslin family narrative – Rider’s renting a home from Edmonds and his attempts to imitate Lucas Beauchamp’s ever-burning hearth fire – but Faulkner did nothing more in the later version to incorporate it into the McCaslin narrative that so many critics have cited as the dominant strain of Go Down, Moses.


Members of Sawmill Gang. He can become a clown of life who rolls with the punches and laughs at his pantaloon tragedy- a devastating position. Humorous mime also underlies the tragedy throughout the story when Blaxk eats. Of course, such a comic fool could never understand the depth of the other fool the fqulkner Rider who goes to jail willingly, yet absurdly insists on being free.

After all, she has saved him from self-destruction. Dye, Pantqloon, and Erin Kay Penner.

Next he runs madly, like a clown, to a bootlegger, a white man, who refuses to sell him a gallon but offers to give him a pint. As Professor Kinney points out.

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Because of her he has, after their marriage, given up his Saturday night patnaloon Sunday dice and whiskey. In “Pantaloon in Black,” Faulkner successfully mixes the comic and the tragic to show the absurdity man faces. After failing to kill himself at work, he runs wildly on to a bootlegger where he fights to keep a gallon of moonshine.