Literary significance[ edit ] The Sound and the Fury is a widely influential work of literature. Dilsey's entry, the final in the appendix, consists of two words: Inthe Modern Library ranked The Sound and the Fury sixth on its list of the best English-language novels of the 20th century.
The appendix is presented as a complete history of the Compson family lineage, beginning with the arrival of their ancestor Quentin Maclachlan in America in and continuing throughincluding events that transpired after the novel which takes place in The Compsons are one of several prominent names in the town of Jefferson, Mississippi.
Since the war, the Compsons have gradually seen their wealth, land, and status crumble away. His narrative voice is characterized predominantly by its nonlinearity: In her old age she has become an abusive hypochondriac.
The narration moves back and forth through times since Benjy, being an idiot, has no sense of time. Sick of this bleak-ass existence, Quentin tosses his ass right off into the Charles River. The librarian later realizes that while Jason remains cold and unsympathetic towards Caddy, Dilsey simply understands that Caddy neither wants nor needs to be saved from the Germans, because nothing else remains for her.
This desire is made evident by his bad investments in cotton, which become symbolic of the financial decline of the south. He attempts to claim false responsibility for the pregnancy, lying to his father that he and Caddy have committed incest.
When Caddy engages in sexual promiscuity, Quentin is horrified.
Several more works followed in rapid succession including such critically acclaimed novels as Light in August and Absalom, Absalom If the reader takes an average of one hour and forty five minutes per session, the four sections will require a total reading time of seven hours.
Since his death inhowever, his reputation has survived many changes in critical fashions.
In particular, the appendix reveals that Caroline Compson died inupon which Jason had Benjy committed to the state asylum, fired the black servants, sold the last of the Compson land, and moved into an apartment above his farming supply store. This confusion is due to Quentin's severe depression and deteriorating state of mindand Quentin is therefore arguably an even more unreliable narrator than his brother Benjy.
Meanwhile, the tension between Jason and Miss Quentin reaches its inevitable conclusion. Caddy is stubborn, but loving and compassionate.Thematic Analysis This passage directs our attention right off the bat on an outsider: a year-old man, Benjy, who is cognitively disabled.
By beginning the novel with Benjy and giving us his perspective first, Faulkner forces us to identify with him and see the world through his eyes. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner From plot debriefs to key motifs, Thug Notes’ The Sound and the Fury Summary & Analysis has you covered with themes, symbols, important quotes, and more.
The Sound and the Fury () | Written by: William Faulkner | Published by: Vintage. The Sound and the Fury is a novel written by the American author William Faulkner. It employs a number of narrative styles, including stream of consciousness.
Published inThe Sound and the Fury was Faulkner's fourth novel, and was not immediately successful. The title of William Faulkner's novel, The Sound and the Fury, is rooted in a soliloquy from Shakespeare's Macbeth. In his novel, William Faulkner uses a variety of experimental narrative techniques to tell the story, including stream of consciousness and unconventional grammar and syntax.
After returning once again to Oxford, Faulkner eventually managed to publish a book of poems and a few novels, which sold modestly well but received no critical attention. Then an intense burst of inspiration produced his first major work, The Sound and the Fury in (also the year of his marriage).
This novel not only began to bring Faulkner to the.
ANALYSIS BY SECTION. The Sound and the Fury (). William Faulkner () TITLE. The title refers to a phrase from Macbeth by Shakespeare: Life is “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”.Download