The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

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How has Dilsey in some way taken the place of both Mr. and Mrs.Compson? 

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Dilsey has become the embodiment of nurturing and caring in the Compson home.  She has become the force of love and compassion that Mr. and Mrs. Compson could never be.  It makes sense that Faulkner would see that if there is any hope for the family and human beings, in general, it does not rest with the traditional family figureheads.  They have demonstrated themselves emotionally impotent and incapable of providing the...

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