What Is Benjy A Latent Oppressor?

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The world revolves around sex, biologically and psychologically. For eons, procreation has been the primary end-goal for every organism on the planet, ensuring the continued survival of a certain species through the endless transfer of genes from parent to offspring, and humans are no exception. Though they may find it hard to associate themselves with plants or animals, sex plays a major role in the development of peoples’ daily lives, not only in finding a potential “mate” or partner, but also in spurring certain facets of human culture: music, poems, and art. Therefore, in a way, to repress a person’s natural sexual development is to repress the human experience altogether, as exemplified by the use of castrated eunuchs in ancient Asia,…show more content…
Faulkner demonstrates this importance of natural development through his depiction of Benjy as a latent oppressor, his portrayal of Quentin, and the personal turmoil that emerges due to his repression of natural growth, and his analysis of Caddy’s motivations for breaking free from societal expectations and the impact it has on her quality of life. In The Sound and The Fury, Faulkner first conveys the importance of natural sexual development through his depiction of Benjy as a latent oppressor of Caddy and the negative consequences that his biologically-induced inability to accept change wreaks upon himself. For example, though Benjy may at first glance merely seem to be a sweet brother whose emotional outbursts solely reflect his desire for his sister’s maternal affection, in reality, his inability to accept change hinders Caddy’s natural development, forcing her to abandon her attempts of sexual exploration and spurring her to “put the bottle down and came and put her arms around me,” saying “ ‘We dont like perfume ourselves.’ ” (27). By refusing to accept Caddy’s use of perfume, in a way, Benjy rejects Caddy’s
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