Absalom7 - become cynical and sardonic and those like...

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Absalom, Absalom Thus, in Absalom, Absalom! Faulkner has given us a novel which denies the moral basis upon which the old South was built, and a novel which inquires into the amount of responsibility the modern man should feel for the sins and evils of the past. Those who, like Sutpen, reject the past completely are destroyed; those, like Miss Rosa, who live only in the past become embittered and hateful; those like Mr. Compson who see the past only as a commentary of human fallibility
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Unformatted text preview: become cynical and sardonic; and those like Quentin, who see in the events of the past a reflection of their own personal lives and desires, become suicides. Ultimately, Faulkner does not offer a definite answer to man's proper relationship with the past, but instead, he offers a thorough and devastating examination of various negative responses to the question....
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