Absalom - Absalom Absalom In relationship to Faulkner's...

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Absalom, Absalom In relationship to Faulkner's entire Yoknapatawpha saga, Absalom, Absalom! with its maps, chronological time table, and cast of characters, solidifies the entire Yoknapatawpha series. Thematically, the novel looks back to Quentin Compson's dilemma in The Sound and the Fury (1929) in that the problem of incest in the Charles-Judith-Henry relationship bears directly upon Quentin's own behavior in the earlier novel. The philosophy of cynicism, detachment, and determinism advocated by Mr. Compson in The Sound and the Fury is utilized and expanded upon in Mr. Compson's narration of the Sutpen myth. The use of Quentin, an already established character of sensitivity and feeling, as a central narrator adds unity to the entire Yoknapatawpha series. The novel also looks forward to Intruder in the Dust (1948) in that a fratricide is correlated with the question of the Negro's rights. Bon's search for a father and Sutpen's search for recognition are further variations of ideas used in Light in August (1932) and the idea of man's relation to the past is of consequential importance throughout Faulkner's fiction. In most of Faulkner's earlier fiction, however, the question of man's relation to the past functioned as a minor theme. In Sartoris (1929) this question pervaded the entire novel. In Absalom, Absalom! Faulkner devotes his mature powers to a full spectrum examination of man's
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