Absalom2 - and meaningful relationship with the past. In...

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Absalom, Absalom 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 reliance on the past and of the extent to which man is responsible for the past. In this novel, Faulkner also attempts to connect or show the relationship between man's present actions and those of the past. In previous novels, Faulkner's characters have struggled to achieve a significant
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Unformatted text preview: and meaningful relationship with the past. In some instances, as with young Bayard Sartoris, too much reliance upon the past prevents the character from securing a firm grasp on the present and leads ultimately to disaster. Other characters reject the past too completely and, like Jason Compson in The Sound and the Fury, become the product of a materialistic age which has neither meaning nor virtues....
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