Faulkner's works contain examples of:
- Corrupt Hick: The Snopes trilogy (and many works set in Yoknapawtapha County) has these in abundance. Flem Snopes steals from everyone, gets his own relatives arrested (intentionally), and also basically controls the entire county - everyone owes him money.
- Crapsack World
- Deep South
- Downer Ending
- Manipulative Bastard: At least one per novel.
- Mind Screw: Attempting to even parse what is going on in Faulkner's books is a challenge, to say the least.
- The Rashomon
- Southern Gothic