The Sound and the Fury Essay

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The Sound and the Fury Title:      The title of this novel is The Sound and the Fury. This title is derived from one of Shakespeare’s most intriguing plays, Macbeth. Within Macbeth, Shakespeare describes life as “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury.” And if life is “a tale told by an idiot,” there is justification as to of why Faulkner begins the book through the eyes of Benjy, a thirty-three year old retard. Author:      The author of The Sound and the Fury is William Faulkner. He grew up in Oxford, Mississippi. After dropping out of high school, Faulkner pursued his studies at the University of Mississippi. And he was a member of England’s Royal Navy in World War I.…show more content…
This eventually leads him to commit suicide. He is the only character in the novel who is obsessed with honor and sexuality. And when he can’t find any love from his mother, he turns to Caddy. Quentin does not want to forget how he handled Caddy’s promiscuity because he believes that if he were to forget the entire experience would be meaningless although he is haunted by it. And in the end, Quentin commits suicide by drowning himself in the river.      The next major character of this novel is Jason Compson. And the third section of the book is seen through his eyes and revolves around him. From this section, the reader learns that Jason is a selfish, demented, and emotionless bachelor who would never give in to the idea of marriage. Jason is selfish in that he believes that he is always right and that the world should work the way that fits him best. He is demented in that he enjoys quarreling with people. One good example of this is when he arrives to work late in hopes that he will have the chance to argue with his boss. And he is emotionless in that he doesn’t feel for anyone and doesn’t believe in love.      The next major character found in the book is Dilsey. And although the last section is from the author’s point of view, it revolves around Dilsey, the cook for the Compson family. She treats Benjy like a normal person and assumes that his needs are the same as the rest

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