Essay about Faulkner's Condemnation of the South in Absalom, Absalom

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Faulkner's Condemnation of the South in Absalom, Absalom William Faulkner came from an old, proud, and distinguished Mississippi family, which included a governor, a colonel in the Confederate army, and notable business pioneers. Through his experiences from growing up in the old South, Faulkner has been able to express the values of the South through his characters. William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom offers a strong condemnation of the mores and morals of the South. Faulkner's strong condemnation of the values of the South emanates from the actual story of the Sutpen family whose history must be seen as connected to the history of the South (Bloom 74). Quentin tells this…show more content…
To fulfill his quest, Sutpen spends his entire life trying to repeat the past only to correct it (Bloom 38). He has a grand design to be the son who seized the power of his father and then be the father to keep that same power from being seized by his own son (Searle 23). The first step of Sutpen's design includes marrying Eulalia Bon and having a pure white son named Charles Bon. When Thomas Sutpen realizes that Charles is partially Negro because of Eulalia's heritage, he rejects them both and is forced to start his design over. This is Faulkner's way of condemning racism in the South. Thomas Sutpen later marries Ellen Coldfield and has a second son named Henry and a daughter named Judith. Thomas Sutpen's design is nearly complete when Charles shows up from his first marriage and falls in love with Judith, nearly uniting the two families. This incestuous relationship causes Henry Sutpen to kill Charles Bon to save his family from miscegenation. Using incest in this novel is another way that Faulkner condemns the mores and morals of the South. Thomas Sutpen tries two more times to fulfill his design by trying to have a pure white son and refusing to let that son seize the power that he had successfully seized from his father.
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