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"I feel... my work"

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Nobel Prize Address, William Faulkner, 1950

Faulkner, William. "Banquet Speech." Nobel Banquet. City Hall, Stockholm. 10 Dec. 1950. Nobelprize.org. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

In context of the passage as a whole, what is the primary rhetorical function of lines 1-2 (“I feel…my work”)?

A

To express gratitude towards those who bestowed the award

B

To suggest that art supersedes the artist

C

To indicate the speaker’s ambivalence towards his own abilities

D

To hint at the natural talent needed for great writing

E

To downplay the occasion as a gesture of humility