The muddy drawers, Faulkner claimed, were the whole secret of the book. Of the three brothers' sections, Jason's is the most straightforward, reflecting his single-minded desire for material wealth. I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it. Well, William Faulkner is one of them. Unlike the Compsons, Dilsey is a strong character, due in part to her religious faith. What growth there was consisted of rank weeds and the trees were mulberries and locusts and sycamores—trees that partook also of the foul desiccation which surrounded the houses; trees whose very burgeoning seemed to be the sad and stubborn remnant of September, as if even spring had passed them by, leaving them to feed upon the rich and unmistakable smell of negroes in which they grew.
See, for the modernists, language itself is a tricky medium. After Caroline dies, Jason sends Benjy to an asylum and sells the Compson house. They don't touch one another, no matter how knotted up they once were, no matter how close they lay once to the bones. It follows the course of Good Friday, a day in which Jason decides to leave work to search for Miss Quentin Caddy's daughter , who has run away again, seemingly in pursuit of mischief. It is full of gaps, and, through these gaps, things of the past, fixed, motionless and silent as judges or glances, come to invade it. They are not even fought. But it is so strong an obsession that he is sometimes apt to disguise the present, and the present moves along in the shadow, like an underground river, and reappears only when it itself is past.
Quentin does exactly what his father advises him not to do — try to conquer time — and since he obviously cannot stop time, his past haunts him his entire life. After Benjy approaches a group of girls because he thinks one of them is his sister, his brother, Jason, has him castrated. In The Sound and the Fury he is more individual and more undecided. British actress Margaret Leigton was terrific. Moreover, Benjy's caretaker changes to indicate the time period: Luster in the present, T.
He reasons that if the child is a product of incest, then Quentin will be equally culpable and punishable alongside his sister. The Sound and the Fury by may just be the greatest Southern novel ever written. Oh well, at least Jack Warden was convincing. Because it means less to women, Father said. She, in contrast to the declining Compsons, draws a great deal of strength from her faith, standing as a proud figure amid a dying family.
They sat up in the swing, quick. This section, the only one without a single , focuses on Dilsey, the powerful matriarch of the black family servants. It was Grandfather's and when Father gave it to me he said I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire; it's rather excruciating-ly apt that you will use it to gain the reducto absurdum of all human experience which can fit your individual needs no better than it fitted his or his father's. Faulkner has been praised for his ability to recreate the thought process of the human mind. So, people interested in reading difficult books and writing a lot of stuff on their margins — this is your Disneyland. This is the first section that is narrated in a linear fashion. You know what happens in the end: Quentin is too fragile to endure the burden of having a promiscuous sister.
But I wont have it anymore, you hear? Amazing things have been happening in your head. They are the three Compson brothers, Benjamin, Quentin and Jason, telling it all about how often they think about their sister Caddy in three different sections set on April 7, 1928, June 2, 1910, and April 6, 1928. After Quentin's suicide, Jason becomes the oldest son, and as such, in charge of the dependent family members, including his mother, Benjy, and his niece, Caddy's illegitimate daughter. In addition, the family also experiences a general moral demise. New York: Columbia University Press.
She ran toward the door. And it never was any to be restored. This nonlinearity makes the style of this section particularly challenging, but Benjy's style develops a cadence that, while not chronologically coherent, provides unbiased insight into many characters' true motivations. The novel tells the story of the Compson family and the loss of their once-respected position in Southern society. He is also a character in. And loving her much more than the allowed amount.
If we could just have done something so dreadful that they would have fled hell except us. Luster, disregarding Benjy's set routine, drives the wrong way around a monument. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1989. Heck, it may just be the Great American Novel. The lives and passions of the Compsons, a once proud Southern family caught in a tragic spiral of loss and misfortune.
She is a source of stability and order for both the reader and the Compson family, amidst the chaos of the novel. When Caddy gets pregnant through a casual affair, Quentin reacts by telling their father who does not care about his daughter's sexual behavior that Quentin himself is the baby's father. Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury. Although the vocabulary is generally basic, the frequent switches in time and setting, as well as the occasional lack of regard for sentence structure grammar have proven it to be a difficult read—even for many fans of Faulkner. Brynner was definitely out of place as the lead, but Georgia native Woodward was right on target. The telling is true enough, it keeps to the thread of the stories; the compromises between book and film are understandable; the portrayals are strong and the director has Faulkner's echo to work with.