An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Compson ancestors lived in harsh conditions. The object of Quentin's focus during the last hours of his life—his mother's absence and neglect—shows how significant and damaging Mrs. New York: Modern Library, 1992. What makes Faulkner avoid this easygoing ending? The Sound and the Fury is an emotionally charged work that is difficult for most mature readers, let alone junior and senior high school students. Behind the Name: the etymology and history of first names.
Compson, as Dilsey, as Caddy Compson, as Jason Compson, Kylen Davis as Luster, as a Telegraph Operator, as a Sheriff, and as Dalton Ames. Yet it is not impossible to teach, nor is it out of the reach for most advanced students. The characterization and fate of the Compsons is the same in the novel and in its appendix, except the fate of Caddy Compson. Then how does Faulkner concretely depict loser and winner in the Compson Appendix? The whole dam top could blow off and we'd not know it. We would find the dynamism, which exists behind the story of the rise and fall of the Compsons, rise to the surface. The Sound and the Fury details the moral decay of the Compsons, a once-prosperous aristocratic family from Mississippi, with a lineage that stretches back to before the Civil War and includes a military general and a former governor of Mississippi. The appendix concludes with an accounting for the black family who worked as servants to the Compsons.
The Fragile Thread: The Meaning of Form in Faulkner's Novels. They fought on the wrong side, and they came into America, into Carolina, and my grandfather chose the wrong side again in 1861, and I thought that if I ever joined the American Army. The reason for this is that the plot is about the rise and fall of the Compsons. Thus, these time shifts can often be jarring and confusing, and require particularly close reading. His father believes that all human experience is absurd and therefore Caddy's sin and Quentin's grief are both absurd.
In other words, it is natural for us to think that Charles Stuart might succeed in another story, which Faulkner did not write. In 1998, the ranked The Sound and the Fury sixth on its list of the. In the second place, we will consider the Compsons who appear both in The Sound and the Fury and the Appendix. Faulkner's family is one of those examples because they always failed in wars. First-person Point of View: Compare and Contrast Ask students to compare and contrast the use of first person point of view in the Benjy, Quentin, and Jason chapters. Note: this chart can serve as an effective substitute for the reaction essay suggested above as an at-home exercise.
In order to see what was going on inside, Caddy climbed a tree in the yard, and while looking inside, her brothers—Quentin, Jason and Benjy—looked up and noticed that her underwear was muddy. If we assume that she is also a candidate to tell a new story of the rise, we can say that she could realize her dream of getting wealth in Europe. That is to say, Faulkner's insight into his own family and his own experience warned the novelist not to delineate the lives of people in a linear movement from a loser to a winner. To keep a good standing in public is essential for a good reputation. Who loved not his sister's body but some concept of Compson honor precariously and he knew well only temporarily supported by the minute fragile membrance of her maidenhead.
These latter concepts are woven into a complex tapestry of race and class-consciousness and internecine struggle as the Compsons contend with the interrelated dynamics of family honor and feminine virtue within the context of social acceptability, life's perceived order, and the element of time. Faulkner and Religion: Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha, 1989. The novel centers on the , former Southern aristocrats who are struggling to deal with the dissolution of their family and its reputation. It is near-unanimously considered a masterpiece by literary critics and scholars, but the novel's unconventional narrative style frequently alienates new readers. Because of the staggering complexity of this section, it is often the one most extensively studied by scholars of the novel.
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 1779 and continuing through 1945, including events that transpired after the novel which takes place in 1928. We be passin white folks soon. Moreover, we would find the abundant content of the Appendix and the theme Faulkner continued to depict throughout his life. You might not believe that from my offspring, but I am. The name, Benjamin, is derived from the Bible. Download and print out any documents you will use and duplicate copies as necessary for student viewing.
The first Quentin, Quentin MacLachan, sought after new life opportunies in becoming a winner. The only clean thing about War is losing it. The Compson line literally ends with The Sound and the Fury, as Jason is incapable of loving and so seems unlikely to get married and have legitimate children. Compson's philosophy is couched in terms of cynicism and determinism. Quentin knows that his father is partly correct since he himself feels someone else's sin or tragedy more than he feels his own plight.
The path of a loser's life cannot help becoming more complicated than that of a winner, which is rather simple. The Only Quentin really cares how they meet or fail the tests of Southern aristocratic virtue. Lesson 4: Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury: Narration, Voice, and the Compson Family's New System The third chapter of The Sound and the Fury is told from the perspective of Jason Compson, now the patriarchal head of the family, after his father's death, Quentin's suicide, and Caddy's abandonment of her own daughter also named Quentin. The point I wish to emphasize here is, however, that it is in the Appendix that we notice how important are those same names. She is sort of a lost persona in the book because she does not have a personal chapter. However, since Faulkner leaves his whereabouts unknown, we can imagine Charles Stuart might have found a new family somewhere. It is the third Compson, Jason Lycurgus that could own the land in the U.