The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

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Characters are often bound by the qualities of the society in which they live. Explain how Quentin Compson does NOT fit this premise.

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One of Quentin's most distinctive traits is how he is fundamentally different from the Southern man.  When Quentin's father advises him to "take a vacation and forget [his] pain," it is a reflection of how Faulkner constructs the Southern society approach to personal hurt.  It is seen as something that might be a part of one's identity but can be forgotten or deferred.  It is here where Quentin demonstrates himself to be fundamentally different than...

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