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by William Faulkner

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Discuss Quentin Compson's internal and external conflicts in The Sound and the Fury.

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As with so much in Faulkner, nothing is easy or simple.  There are challenges all the way through with everything and everyone.  Consider the warning on the watch that haunts Quentin, to a great extent:

I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire.

It is in this statement where one can see both external and internal conflicts.  There is a desire to want to overcome the external challenges that limit his own sense of self, but there is also the internal that wages battle within Quentin's own mind and soul.  This makes his...

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