The Themes of Faulkner's Absalom! Absalom! Essay

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The Themes of Faulkner's Absalom! Absalom! The theme of Absalom! Absalom! is the connectedness of humanity and the power of illusion vs. truth. In order to really translate these entities to the reader Faulkner uses the form of stream-of-consciousness. In this style of metaphorical writing one thing can lead you to all things, and vice versa. This is the form of the novel. One can compare this work to a gothic novel, to a Greek tragedy, to an entire metaphor for the situation of the South in itself, but the content is mainly giving us a metaphor for the connectedness of humans. He gives us truth wrapped in subjective interpretation, based on half-baked memories and cut up pieces of time and space. Faulkner's use of confusion,…show more content…
Or maybe father and I are both Shreve, maybe it took Father and me both to make Shreve or Shreve and me both to make Father or maybe Thomas Sutpen to make all of us.” Here Quentin sums up the crux of the matter. This passage reflects the whole philosophical stance of the story. Humankind's existence is the existential wobbly plank dangling over the sea of madness. The truth of the past echoes in our minds like the fading of smoke in a sunbeam, partly disclosed, but partially created. We are all pebbles in the water creating our ripples that feed and get fed by the other's own ripples, creating an ocean of meaning and interpretation that tends to swallow the best of navigators. Our existential plunge into the water of uncertainty leaves deep reverberations, some of which can come back to undo the very thing that the original ripple was meant to achieve. In the case of Thomas Sutpen, this is true. Not only did his design unfortunately fail in the end, but also, like a bad, B-movie villain, he creates his own obstacles and failures. His choices karmically tear him apart; all the while he struggles on like a confederate Sisyphus pushing the rock of his design to no avail, pausing only for a moment to reflect on his courage and half-ass shrewdness. But Faulkner's
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