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The Sound and the Fury

The word "shadow" crops up quite a few times in The Sound and the Fury, especially in Quentin's section of the story. Quentin himself sees his own shadow rising up from the water beneath him while...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2020 10:58 am UTC

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William Faulkner's novel The Sound and the Fury is considered a modernist text for many reasons. Yet before we can get into some of the ways in which The Sound and the Fury meets the criteria for a...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2020 4:27 pm UTC

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The Sound and the Fury uses stream of consciousness, a stylistic technique in which the narration follows the direct psychological experience of a character. The four parts of the novel, each told...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2018 9:20 pm UTC

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Your best examples of the stream of consciousness technique will come from the first two sections: Benjy's and Quentin's. Benjy is mentally challenged, and as such he has no true concept of time....

Latest answer posted June 21, 2010 6:58 am UTC

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There was an uncle who was no good named Maurice and who came to a bad end. The name was seen as bad luck. Uncle Maury, in the first section of the novel, appears as a dissipated bigot who fails to...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2012 7:29 am UTC

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This is a complex issue to address because nearly everything in The Sound and the Fury is intricate. I would suggest that a potential connection between the narrative form and racism is evident in...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2014 1:47 pm UTC

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Benjy's section sets the tone for the rest of the book. As with most modernist works of literature, The Sound and the Fury, a highly complex, experimental novel, is concerned with the impossibility...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2018 2:04 pm UTC

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William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury centers on the tragic decline of the Compson family of Jefferson, Mississippi, in the early twentieth century. One overall theme of the novel is the...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2018 9:22 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2011 1:24 pm UTC

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I really like the premise here and I think we can read this novel as a progression from innocence toward experience. I think Quentin's interest in his sister is related to his idea of how to...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2012 2:45 pm UTC

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Although there are several different types of irony, the term is a common literary device used effectively by authors to convey to their readers a sense of contradiction. In literature, the device...

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I think that The Sound and the Fury shows Faulkner's skill to cradle both the traditional and the modern. He writes with an understanding that the past is a part of the modern setting. In a later...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2014 9:58 am UTC

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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....

Latest answer posted March 26, 2012 9:19 pm UTC

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I think that the basic concept of an exposition is one that applies to a traditional construction of literature. The “exposition” provides background before the “rising action” is to take place, a...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2011 9:29 pm UTC

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Modernism in literature and history is concerned with the effects of industrialization on individuals, communities, and politics. Existentialism concerns itself with the extent an individual is...

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There are several approaches that can be taken with this particular idea. It's a challenge to parse the meaning of the work through the use of one word and it should be noted that the use of...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2010 5:28 pm UTC

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Faulkner is typically considered a modernist writer, though some themes in The Sound and the Fury are decidedly postmodern. Jason's experience of trying and failing many times to reinvent himself...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2020 8:44 pm UTC

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The narrative structure in The Sound and the Fury is complex and can be difficult for readers to understand. Nonetheless, it serves an important purpose in constructing the overall arc of the story...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2020 4:57 pm UTC

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William Faulkner described Caddy Compson as the true hero of The Sound and the Fury. However, the reader's image of her is mediated through the narrative voices of her three brothers: Benjy in part...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2020 1:32 pm UTC

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Regarding the use of stream-of-consciouness, the posts above do a good job of discussing how this technique lends itself to a unique and powerful intimacy with the narrators in the novel as well as...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2012 7:38 am UTC

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Modernist literature is characterized by experimental prose style, hedging on surrealism. Faulker's The Sound and the Fury not only implements experimental prose, but challenged ideas about the...

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Society was changing rapidly during the period in which The Sound and Fury is set. Yet, Southern society was slow to adapt. It existed in a kind of time-warp in which developments in science, the...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2020 11:13 am UTC

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One of Quentin's most distinctive traits is how he is fundamentally different from the Southern man. When Quentin's father advises him to "take a vacation and forget [his] pain," it is a...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2012 7:16 pm UTC

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The short answer would be that her faith enables Dilsey to maintain her strength. She has, indeed, "seed the first and de last," whether that refers to the Compson children or to a more spiritual...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2016 4:55 pm UTC

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Compared to the first two sections of the novel, Jason's section is strikingly "sane", linear, and clear. He is just as obsessive as his brothers, focusing much of his thinking on his niece Caddy...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2012 2:27 am UTC

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I think so often the way to successfully help students to understand complicated texts is to be able to present a key idea or theme to them and help them to understand it in their own context and...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2012 2:50 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2013 8:04 pm UTC

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In this extract from The Sound and The Fury, the type of English used is the everyday language of ordinary people, known as the vernacular. In the vernacular, no complex vocabulary or sentence...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2020 10:46 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2011 7:12 pm UTC

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The central reason that Faulkner chooses to narrate this tale in this way is to examine the downfall of the Compson family through as many different perspectives as possible. What is so interesting...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2012 2:21 pm UTC

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