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The Contrasting Topics and Construction of William Faulkner's The Bear Initially, William Faulkner's The Bear, appears like a narrative about the decline of an old bear and the wilderness that he represented. Oddly, it's possible to omit the fourth chapter of this Bear and still have a complete and not as confusing narrative. Although sandwiched in between the fifth and third chapters, the fourth chapter is all but wholly independent. For the purpose of this investigation, I'll reference chapters one, two, three, and five as being one half of this story, whilst chapter four entirely contains another half. At first, it appears that these two departments have little in common, but that just is Faulkner's goal. He has deliberately pitted these two halves of the narrative against each other so as to contrast and compare wilderness to civilization. He does so by creating two different and independent plots, including each almost exclusively from the environment ordered by their motif, contrasting two martyr-like characters-each central to the plot, and providing the 2 segments different story styles and chronology. To complicate things, the fourth largest chapter is placed in the middle of the remaining part of the narrative. Faulkner uses varying plots to divide the two sections of The Bear in the lowest possible degree. The first half of this narrative (chapters 1,2,3, and 5) comprises a fully contained plot about a bear hunt and also the decline of the wilderness, whereas another half (chapter 4) is also self sufficient in its storyline, depending just on the opposite half to introducing the main characters. The first half of this narrative tells a bittersweet story of a boy that he wished to learn humility and pride to be able to become skillful and worthy in the forests but...