Understanding the mindset and character of quentin in the sound and the fury a novel by william faul
This interweaving and nonlinear structure makes any true synopsis of the novel difficult, especially since the narrators are all unreliable in their own way, making their accounts not necessarily trustworthy at all times.
He therefore sets off once again to find her on his own, but loses her trail in nearby Mottson, and gives her up as gone for good.
The sound and the fury summary
In the fourth and final section, set a day after the first, on April 8, , Faulkner introduces a third person omniscient point of view. He tried to enlist in the U. However, I suggest you keep going. Faulkner spent brief periods of time in the literary capitals of the s, Paris and New York; in New Orleans in he met Sherwood Anderson, who encouraged him to try writing fiction. Out, out, brief candle! Luster, albeit begrudgingly, shows care for him occasionally, but usually out of obligation. To Jason Caddy's promiscuity means the loss of a job opportunity and is the reason he is stuck at a desk job that he finds demeaning, as well as the reason he is stuck at home with a hypochondriac mother, retarded brother, rebellious illegitimate niece and family of servants who are eating him out of house and home. Light in August was his first attempt to engage the rending racial issues of the South, an effort continued most successfully in Absalom, Absalom! We see him as a freshman at Harvard , wandering the streets of Cambridge , contemplating death, and remembering his family's estrangement from his sister Caddy. The second section, June 2, , focuses on Quentin Compson , Benjy's older brother, and the events leading up to his suicide. Dilsey Gibson — the matriarch of the servant family, which includes her three children—Versh, Frony, and T. Herbert finds out that the child is not his, and sends Caddy and her new daughter away in shame. Often referred to as Quentin II or Miss Quentin by readers to distinguish her from her uncle, for whom she was named. While many first-time readers report Benjy's section as being difficult to understand, these same readers often find Quentin's section to be near impossible. The appendix also reveals the fate of Caddy, last seen in the novel when her daughter Quentin is still a baby.
The novel is separated into four distinct sections. Jason's chapter is from his viewpoint but it gives the reader a clearer perspective because the novel switches from a stream of consciousness to a third party narrator.
The sound and the fury setting
The novel centers on the Compson family , former Southern aristocrats who are struggling to deal with the dissolution of their family and its reputation. The family discovers that Miss Quentin has run away in the middle of the night with a carnival worker, having found the hidden collection of cash in Jason's closet and taken both her money the support from Caddy, which Jason had stolen and her money-obsessed uncle's life savings. Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. The characteristics of his impairment are not clear, but it is implied that he has a learning disability. In , the librarian of Yoknapatawpha County discovered a magazine photograph of Caddy in the company of a German staff general and attempted separately to recruit both Jason and Dilsey to save her; Jason, at first acknowledging that the photo was of his sister, denied that it was she after realizing the librarian wanted his help, while Dilsey pretended to be unable to see the picture at all. Time itself ends up being used as a motif. Style and structure[ edit ] The four parts of the novel relate many of the same episodes, each from a different point of view and therefore with emphasis on different themes and events. Part 3: April 6, [ edit ] The third section is narrated by Jason, the third child and his mother Caroline's favorite. His role makes him bitter and cynical, with little of the passionate sensitivity that we see in his older brother and sister. The two fight, with Quentin losing disgracefully and Caddy vowing, for Quentin's sake, never to speak to Dalton again. Part 4: April 8, [ edit ] April 8, , is Easter Sunday. He is also a character in Absalom, Absalom! He therefore sets off once again to find her on his own, but loses her trail in nearby Mottson, and gives her up as gone for good. Quentin spends much of his time trying to prove his father wrong, but is unable to do so.
The last section of the novel provides a less biased view of Caddy's life and the downfall of the Compson family. Has an almost animal-like "sixth sense" about people, as he was able to tell that Caddy had lost her virginity just from her smell.
While many first-time readers report Benjy's section as being difficult to understand, these same readers often find Quentin's section to be near impossible.
In his mind, he feels a need to take responsibility for Caddy's sin. The appendix concludes with an accounting for the black family who worked as servants to the Compsons.
The last section of the novel provides a less biased view of Caddy's life and the downfall of the Compson family. Compson tells him that virginity is invented by men and should not be taken seriously. Through her we sense the consequences of the decadence and depravity in which the Compsons have lived for decades. Has an almost animal-like "sixth sense" about people, as he was able to tell that Caddy had lost her virginity just from her smell. Style and structure[ edit ] The four parts of the novel relate many of the same episodes, each from a different point of view and therefore with emphasis on different themes and events. Literary significance[ edit ] The Sound and the Fury is a widely influential work of literature. The appendix also reveals the fate of Caddy, last seen in the novel when her daughter Quentin is still a baby. Not much happens in the three days in which the novel is mainly set; instead the stream of consciousness narration allows the reader to experience the history of the Compson family and step into the lives of this dwindling Southern family. The appendix is presented as a complete history of the Compson family lineage, beginning with the arrival of their ancestor Quentin Maclachlan in America in and continuing through , including events that transpired after the novel which takes place in He goes so far as to blackmail Caddy into making him Miss Quentin's sole guardian, then uses that role to steal the support payments that Caddy sends for her daughter. Benjy's eyes are "empty and blue and serene again. Jason calls the police and tells them that his money has been stolen, but since it would mean admitting embezzling Quentin's money he doesn't press the issue.
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