Core 101 - Lecture 3-7-07 - Absalom Absalom Faulkner Small...

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Absalom, Absalom - Faulkner Small family events rise to become conflicts between Gods Small events escalate, one action warrants a reaction (revenge), continues on and on Tragedy cleans the slate – everyone dies so no one owes anyone anymore – Greek tragedy Tragedy as a moving and positive force – not in Faulkner No great goddess to cut everyone loose and clean slate Instead spirals deeper and tighter – a survivor has to deal w/ mess (Jim Bond) – never clears completely Sutpen’s downfall is initially his innocence – what begins it all, leads it to spiral out of control Innocence – belief in moral world – if do right things, good things will happen – in this view life is fair Innocent, idealistic belief leads Sutpen to downfall b/c life isn’t fair, don’t lead to logical outcome Absalom is also based on Genesis – story of gain of knowledge Absalom is innocent (like Adam) – gains knowledge when goes to door and shunned First time discovered he thought that people thought like he did – was always
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