The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

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Why was Benjy’s name changed in The Sound and the Fury? What does this say about the Compton family? 

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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 achieve any success.

The mother figure in the novel is rather superstitious and, well, odd, and driven by a powerful "attribution of reality" to her fancies. What she believes for a moment becomes real for life. Thus her bed stay and her sickness. Thus Benjy's name change as well. She did not want Benjy to be like his uncle and saw already that bad luck had come of the name with Benjy's natural...

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