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Discuss the significance of sexuality in Jason's section of The Sound and the Fury.

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Sexuality is used in Jason's narrative as a reflection of his own debauchery and lack of commitment.  There is a certain amount of rage and anger in the construction of Jason's characterization.  Little emotional redemption is present in the manner in which he is depicted.  The sexuality seen is his affair with a prostitute, which like so much in his life, is predicated upon money and a sense of the concealed.  It is here where I think that sexuality is used to magnify the sense of despair and lack of redemption that is present in Jason's being.  His characterization is one in which there is little in way of hope or redemption.  There is little chance of rectifying the wrongs that exist in the Compson home.  Jason is a perpetuation of all that is wrong.  His approach to sexuality, one in which there is little in way of redemptive emotions, but rather money and a sense of hiding as a part of it is reflective of his life, in general. Jason is immersed in a game of shadows, constantly lying and deceiving about money, seeking to make himself to be more than he is, and consistently using people as means to ends as opposed to ends in of themselves.  In this, Jason's sexuality or use of sex emerges to fit a pattern already established.

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