How can Thomas Sutpen's story can be interpreted as an allegory of the South itself.

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"Absalom, Absalom!" is a detailed story about Thomas Sutpen, who moves to the south to gain wealth and power. He creates a plantation, gets married, and takes on slaves—eventually amassing all the wealth and luxury he intended to gain. His plan having succeeded, things start to go awry when a child from a previous marriage, when he was in the West Indies, shows up unexpectedly and tries to woo his daughter.

A myriad of terrible events befall him and his family because...

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