Provide similarities or differences between My Antonia, by Willa Cather, and The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner.

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In comparing The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulker, and My Antonia, by Willa Cather, I find more dissimilarities than similarities.

What strikes me most are the mood, and the characters of Caddy and Antonia.

The mood of The Sound and the Fury is extremely uneven and disturbing: there is heartache, unnatural sentiments, and deceit at every turn. In My Antonia, though difficult occurrences take place, there is still a sense of enduring hope at the end of the story.

In terms of the characters of Caddy and Antonia, Caddy marries as a matter of convenience, and once "discarded" by her husband Herbert, she gives the care of her daughter to her brother Jason. Caddy has only once seen her daughter since the baby's birth, and separates herself not only from her child, but from her family as well. (Certainly, her brothers are frightening in several ways, but that should have stopped her from giving her child to them.)

Antonia, on the other hand, is left at the alter by her fiancee, away from home and pregnant. However, she never questions her decision to keep the baby, regardless of how she is perceived by her neighbors. She loves Martha like she loves the land, with her entire heart, and at no time does she ever "quit" because life becomes too difficult for her.