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How is Caddy Compson ahead of her time in The Sound and the Fury?

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Caddy is ahead of her times in a couple of ways.  The first is that she rejects the long line of suffering that seems to be endemic to women in literature.  Caddy is impregnated outside of marriage, and thrown out of marriage when discovered that the child is not of the husband's.  This would make Caddy someone that would become victimized by a patriarchal social order.  Yet, Caddy seizes her freedom, leaves her child behind, and supports the child financially, but does not stay with the child.  In the end, Caddy is a modern being because of the embrace of her freedom and the pain that goes along with...

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