What is the book "Absalom, Absalom!" actually about?

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Absalom, Absalom! is a novel about the burden of history. Stating the purpose of the novel this way certainly simplifies the complex work somewhat, yet this theme is clearly the anchor of the text.

All of the central characters, including Quentin Compson, are burdened by history in this text.

  • Sutpen seeks to create himself anew and to sever himself from all history. It is his personal history that catches up with him to ruin his grandiose plans for establishing a family name and a legacy.
  • Charles Bon is...

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