Absalom, Absalom! | Study Guide

William Faulkner

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absalom-absalom-william-faulknerShreve McCannon, Chapter 6ell about the South ... Why do they live there. Why do they live at all.Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Mississippi Quarterly, New York Times MagazineCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Phantoms & DreamsSymbolize the horror and dreamlike quality of the pastDoors & GatesSignify turning points in the characters’ livesSutpens DesignStands for the creation of slaveholding culture and its legacySymbolsThomass sister-in-law; expresses her hatred for Thomas in her story of the Sutpens’ ruinMiss Rosa ColdfieldThomass disowned, part-black son; inadvertently falls in love with half-sister JudithCharles BonThomass weak, indecisive, white son and heir; kills half-brother CharlesHenry SutpenRuthless, ambitious plantation owner destroyed by his own drive and racismThomas SutpenMain CharactersBorn in Mississippi, Faulkner was a true son of the South. In Absalom, Absalom!, he explores the impact of slavery and racism, portraying them as the curses” that have haunted the South and its people for centuries. His rich, evocative writing brings to life the often tortured history of his native region.WILLIAM FAULKNER18971962AuthorSutpens “innocent” plan to fulfill his dynastic ambition destroys his family.Innocence & AmbitionEmblematic of Southern history, the story is told from many points of view.History & SubjectivityPart of a racist system, Sutpen denies his mixed-race son, making incest possible.Racism, Miscegenation & IncestThomas Sutpens ambition to be a respected plantation owner in the South shatters his family. The inescapable racism and the shadow of miscegenation common in the South before, during, and after the Civil War destroy Sutpens calculated plan for his dynasty.Ambition, Race, and Ruination in the SouthTHEMESEnglishOriginal Language1936Year PublishedWilliam FaulknerAuthorAbsalom, Absalom!DramaNovel

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