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Why is The Sound and the Fury considered a modernist text?

William Faulkner's novel The Sound and the Fury can be considered a modernist text for multiple reasons. For example, modernism goes against traditional, unified storytelling and embraces fragmented and splintered techniques. In The Sound and the Fury, the narrative splits between the three brothers and the omniscient voice at the end. Time, too, is splintered, as the novel leaps between past and present.

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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 modernist novel (or, more generally speaking, a piece of modernist writing), we should be able to clearly articulate what modernism means. Fortunately, I was able to find a relatively compact definition from the University of Toledo website:

Modernist writers in general rebelled against clear-cut storytelling and formulaic verse from the 19th century. Instead, many of them told fragmented stories which reflected the fragmented state of society during and after World War I.

I don't know about you, but I already see how this definition applies to Faulkner's book. With "clear-cut storytelling," we usually have an omniscient narrator or one character taking us through their journey from start to finish. Think about Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre . It's in Jane's voice from beginning to middle to end. It’s...

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