Flem Snopes

Display Name: 
Flem Snopes
Sort Name: 
Snopes, Flem
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Middle Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Family: 
Snopes
Occupation: 
Administrative
Specific Job: 
Plant Manager
Origin: 
Yoknapatawpha
Biography: 

The most publicly visible member of the Snopes clan in Faulkner's fiction, in "Centaur in Brass" Flem has moved to town from the country and begun his ascent up the town's social ladder. This story recounts how his trademark rapacity gets turned, for once, to his disadvantage. Almost omnipotent in other accounts of his financial machinations, here Flem "apparently had neither the high vision of a confidence man nor the unrecking courage of a brigand"; he has set his sights on targets "nobody would have remarked or cared about" (153). His alleged tolerance of his wife's alleged affair with Mayor Hoxey prefigures events in The Town, the second novel in Faulkner's trilogy about Flem's rise and ultimate fall.

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