The Sound and the Fury | Study Guide

William Faulkner

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the-sound-and-the-fury-william-faulknerQuentins WatchSymbolizes how the Compsons no longer fit in time; lacks meaning for Benjy and holds Quentin frozenShadowsSymbolize the haunting nature of ancestors and past deedsEasterStands for redemption, which may or may not come to the CompsonsWaterRepresents the possibility of cleansing and soothing the dirty aspects of life SymbolsQuentin, Part 2ecause no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair.Main CharactersJason IVCruel and crass lover of moneyDilseyHousekeeper and surrogate mother; glue of the familyBenjyYoungest Compson;has mental disability butsenses right from wrongQuentinBrilliant Harvard student;commits suicide for loveof his sisterCaddyHeart of the novel; profoundly affects her brothers’ livesSIBLINGSRaised in Mississippi, Faulkner came from a proud Southern family and knew firsthand of the disintegration of the Old South. Like much of his other writing, The Sound and the Fury is set in fictional Yoknapatawpha County, and it explores tense family relationships and dark themes.WILLIAM FAULKNER1897–1962AuthorSet at Harvard in June 1910 and in Jefferson, Mississippi, on Easter weekend in 1928, The Sound and the Fury reveals the sad state of the once-aristocratic Compson family. Told from four different points of view, the story forces readers to peel away layers of dysfunction to expose the roots that have torn the family tree apart.Memories, Guilt,and DecayOVERVIEWPart 1 Benjy, April 7, 1928Benjys narration on his birthday reveals he doesn’t understand time; his thoughts run together to reveal truths about the Compson family.Part 3 Jason IV, April 6, 1928Jasons narration reveals his vindictive attempts to get evenfor the wrongshe believes his inept family members have done him. Part 4 Third-person narration, April 8, 1928Dilsey is at the center of this section,set on Easter Sunday, as she speaks wisely about the Compsons and her own children. Part 2 Quentin, June 2, 1910Quentins narration on the day of his suicide reveals his obsession with the past and his inability to move into the future. The Sound and the Furyby the NumbersRank by Modern Library of TheSound and the Fury among the greatest English novels of the 20th century6Years between first publication of the novel and Faulkners addition of The Appendix ~16Money Miss Quentin reclaims from her uncle Jason $7,000Sources: Mississippi Writers Page, Modern Library,, Texts and Textuality: Textual Instability, Theory, and Interpretation edited by Philip G. Cohen, William Faulkner: Six Decades of Criticism edited by Linda Wagner-MartinCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.William Faulkner1929EnglishNovelAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageThe Sound and the FuryDrama

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