Absalom Essays

  • "Absalom, Absalom!" and "Gone With The Wind"

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    William Faulkner's classic Absalom, Absalom!, certainly ranks among the gems of twentieth century American literature and indeed is arguably the best Southern novel ever written. Indeed it might well be thought of as a metaphor of the Confederate legacy of the lost cause myth, which so desperately seeks an answer for how such a noble cause, championed by just and honorable men went down in utter collapse and defeat. For among the sorted affairs of the Sutpen clan lie the elements of destruction

  • The Women of Absalom, Absalom!

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    The Women of Absalom, Absalom! The women of William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! embrace fundamental characteristics of the nature of the South and its relation to the women who inhabit the area. The women particularly challenge the reader to an examination of the time of the Civil War, the relation of the war to the South, and the relation of the people to their surroundings. There is a call for recognition of the intrinsic complexities of the South that stem from the mythological base of the

  • William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom

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    William Faulkner is the author of Absalom, Absalom!, a Southern novel published in 1936. Faulkner dedicates his writing in Absalom, Absalom! to follow the story of ruthless Thomas Sutpen and his life as he struggles against the suspicion and doubt of the small-town folk that were born and raised in Jefferson, Mississippi. Himself a native-born Mississippian, Faulkner entered the world in September of 1897, and left it in July of 1962 at sixty-four years of age. He was the eldest of four brothers

  • William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!

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    William Faulkner's "Absalom, Absalom!" When asked by his Canadian roommate, Shreve, to "[t]ell about the South. What's it like there. What do they do there. Why do they live there. Why do they live at all", Quentin Compson chose to tell the story of Colonel Thomas Sutpen (142).The previous summer, Quentin had been summoned by Miss Rosa Coldfield, the sister of Sutpen's wife, to hear the story of how Sutpen destroyed her family and his own. In Miss Rosa's home, he sat "listening, having to listen

  • The Themes of Faulkner's Absalom! Absalom!

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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

  • The Fantasy of Orality in Absalom, Absalom!

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    Four years after the publication of the first edition of Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, Wallace Stevens described a modern aesthetic form which necessarily acted against its own status as a (fixed) form1. "What will [temporarily] suffice" in "Modern Poetry" would replace, as the mind's object, what is--or, perhaps more faithfully to the modernist vision, what used to be. The poem of the motion of the mind in time would replace the poem of permanent meaning. The fundamental difference between present

  • The Narrative Technique of Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!

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    The Narrative Technique of Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! Guilt should be viewed through the eyes of more than one person, southern or otherwise.  William Faulkner filters the story, Absalom, Absalom!, through several minds providing the reader with a dilution of its representation. Miss Rosa, frustrated, lonely, mad, is unable to answer her own questions concerning Sutpen's motivation.  Mr. Compson sees much of the evil and the illusion of romanticism of the evil that turned Southern

  • 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.

  • What Might Have Been in Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!

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    What Might Have Been in Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! Emerging from and dwelling within an all-consuming lamentation, the characters of William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! enwrap themselves in a world of hurt wherein they cannot or will not release the past. Each comes to know the tragic ends of lingering among an ever-present past while the here and now fades under fretful shadows of days gone by. As the narrative progresses. the major players in this installment of Faulkner's fictional Yoknapatawpha

  • “Neither Either”: Narration and the Blurring of the Self in Absalom, Absalom!

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    In Absalom, Absalom! the act of narration blurs the selfhood of the characters. Quentin and Shreve lose their senses of self while relaying the story of the Sutpens. They become the people they are relating the story of, most notably Bon and Henry. The act of narrating has a way of moving characters outside of selfhood and into a state of fluidity that allows the story-tellers to re-create the tale in a way that changes it from its original and gives it a newly invented life. The nature of telling

  • Faulkner's Human Spirit

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    William Faulkner accepted his Nobel Peace Prize in December 1950. During his acceptance speech, Faulkner proclaimed that the award was made not to him as a man, but to his life’s work, which was created, “out of the materials of the human spirit something which did not exist before.” (PF ) He felt that the modern writer had lost connection to his spirit and that he must reconnect with the universal truths of the heart—“love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice.” (PF ) Through

  • William Faulkner's Use of Shakespeare

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    William Faulkner's Use of Shakespeare Throughout his career William Faulkner acknowledged the influence of many writers upon his work--Twain, Dreiser, Anderson, Keats, Dickens, Conrad, Balzac, Bergson, and Cervantes, to name only a few--but the one writer that he consistently mentioned as a constant and continuing influence was William Shakespeare. Though Faulkner’s claim as a fledgling writer in 1921 that “[he] could write a play like Hamlet if [he] wanted to” (FAB 330) may be dismissed as

  • Use of Stream of Consciousness in Faulkner and Salinger

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    Use of Stream of Consciousness in Faulkner and Salinger How does an author paint a vivid picture of a character’s thoughts? Stream of consciousness, an elaborate, somewhat complicated technique of writing, is a successful method of getting inside of a character’s head. It is not only seeing their actions and environment, it is also understanding their entire thought process through what seems to be a chain reaction. While a character is performing actions and taking in surroundings through senses

  • Faulkner The Quintessential Southern Writer

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    Faulkner The Quintessential Southern Writer William Faulkner: The Quintessential Southern Writer On September 25, 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi, a son was born to Murry Cuthbert and Maud Butler Faulkner. This baby, born into a proud, genteel Southern family, would become a mischievous boy, an indifferent student, and drop out of school; yet “his mother’s faith in him was absolutely unshakable. When so many others easily and confidently pronounced her son a failure, she insisted that he was

  • Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton

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    carpenter, or his only child Absalom, who had gone and never returned. Both Stephen and his wife hesitate when opening the letter, thinking it may be from their son, but it is instead from the Reverend Theophilus Msimangu, who relates to Stephen that Gertrude is very ill and advises him to come to the Mission House in Sophiatown, Johannesburg, to help her. Kumalo sighs, and tells his wife to get him the money intended for Absalom's education at St. Chad's, for now that Absalom has gone to Johannesburg

  • Absalom: A Coward

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    Is Absalom as much of a fool as he is brave for standing up and usurping David's throne? Absalom portrays his mark of bravery by revolting against the man who took down Goliath, but he unnecessarily places David off his thrown and gets himself killed. The faults David undergoes after being crowned king are the only instances that Absalom can legitimize his revolt and to question David's righteousness, but instead they actually show marks of David's morality that Absalom does not see. Absalom does

  • An Analysis of Cry, the Beloved Country

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    thing it isn't the same outside of the city. Symbolism is also shown through Absalom's girl to Absalom. Many people, in Johannesburg, have spouses who make a living by doing many bad things including stealing. Also, a great number have lost someone because of what they do, either by death or by getting arrested and prosecuted. Either way the people are taking a risk and it is shown by what happens to Absalom.

  • The Biblical Message of Cry, the Beloved Country

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    the truth than to make money." (172) Arthur Jarvis is killed in his house by Absalom, a black youth who gets entangled in crime. Absalom only intends to rob Arthur Jarvis, and the homicide is unintentional. Absalom thinks that Arthur Jarvis is out and comes into the house with two friends. However, when Arthur Jarvis "heard a noise, and came down to investigate" (186). Startled and afraid, Absalom fires blindly. Absalom later says in court: "Then a white man came into the passage... I was frightened

  • The Failed Christ and His Re-Birth; Christ Figures in The Sound and The Fury

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    William Faulkner was a god-fearing man, and wrote to similar people. However, in his Magnum Opus, “The Sound and The Fury”, Faulner goes out of his way to take another look at the Christian faith, highlight the negatice aspects of Christ, and them contrasting them with the glory and holiness of the resurrection. In “The Sound and The Fury”, each one of the narrative characters represents a single aspect of a flawed Christ, while a simple the family caretaker, represents the glory and goodness of

  • Essay On Mr. Compson In The Sound And The Fury

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    William Faulkner is a celebrated American author. A native of the south, many of his novels have a southern influence and often revolve around a common theme: the fall of the South. These novels contain elements and characteristics similar to those of the south after the Civil War. Faulkner symbolizes the fall of the south throughout his novel The Sound and the Fury by illustrating how the male characters are weaker than the female characters. Jason Compson III, the father of the Compson family