Absalom5 - a system of morals in the same manner as he...

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Absalom, Absalom Faulkner's strong condemnation of the values of the South emanates from the actual story which he has Quentin tell in response to a Northerner's question: "What is the South like?" Quentin then tells the story of the Sutpen family whose history must be seen as analogous to the history of the South. The father, Thomas Sutpen, stands for all the great and noble qualities found in the South and at the same time represents the failure of the South. Sutpen's basic belief that he could build
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Unformatted text preview: a system of morals in the same manner as he would build anything else caused him and the South to overlook certain humanitarian values, since the wealth of both Sutpen and the Old South was built upon the enslavement of another race. Consequently, Thomas Sutpen's dedication to establishing his own great heritage (or design) is analogous to the rise and fall of the antebellum South, which established its design without considering the humanitarian implications of slavery....
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This document was uploaded on 11/03/2011 for the course ENG 2310 at Texas State.

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