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Nobel Prize Address, William Faulkner, 1950

Faulkner, William. "Banquet Speech." Nobel Banquet. City Hall, Stockholm. 10 Dec. 1950. 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”)?


To express gratitude towards those who bestowed the award


To suggest that art supersedes the artist


To indicate the speaker’s ambivalence towards his own abilities


To hint at the natural talent needed for great writing


To downplay the occasion as a gesture of humility

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