.. s her, though, he starts to cry and pushes her to the bathroom in an attempt to turn her back to normal (69). Later in the book, Caddy is even willing to end her life because she knows her parents will disapprove. When Quentin finds out that Caddy has lost her virginity, he wants her to commit suicide with him. She readily accepts, and when he puts the knife to her neck, she even tells him to make sure he pushes hard (152).
While Caddy represents rebellion, Quentin portrays morals because of his obsession with his sister’s sin. When the story is told from his point of view, it is filled with his thoughts of her and the men in her life. In ! his mind, he goes over the times when he confronted Dalton Ames and Herbert Head, his father’s nonchalant opinion about her sin, and the times when he talked with her about it (76). Another example of Quentin’s fixation on his sister is when he tries to get her to commit suicide with him. He is so crazed over her loss of ethics that he wants to end it all for both of them. He can not live in a world without social laws, and he feels that Caddy should die also because she has broken them. After she accepts his offer, though, he does not kill her because it would only cause more chaos (152).
In the end, however, he does commit suicide to escape from a world without morals. When he wakes up in the morning, he dresses in his best suit and writes two letters in an attempt to get his last affairs in order. He then lets every part of his sister’s violation replay over and over in his mind before he ends his life (76). Ultimately, Jason depicts the corrupt portion of society. H! e gets pleasure from causing other people torment.
When Luster wanted to go to the show one night Jason offered to sell him the tickets that he was not going to use anyway. He knew that Luster had no money, so he held out the tickets to tantalize him. When Luster said he could not pay for it but asked him to let him have it since he was not going to use it, Jason burned the tickets in front of him (254). Furthermore, Jason is willing to steal to attain what he wants. When Caddy sends him money to take care of Miss Quentin, he pretends to burn the checks, claming he will not accept money from her.
Instead, he keeps the money to use for himself and his mistress (219). Finally, Jason feels no ties to anyone. He does not care whom he hurts as long as he gets what he wants. Jason even sent his own brother Benjy to an insane asylum in Jackson because he was ashamed of him. He grew weary of his moaning and sent him off to where he could not bother him anymore (222).
Theref! ore, in struggling to deny and escape the world of the Compsons, Caddy, Quentin, and Jason are each doomed to live their lives in vain because there is no evading the family curse. The mixture of literary devices in The Sound and the Fury give a rare and personal view of the characters. Point of view is one of the most important methods used because it shows each character from different perspectives. Benjy is nonjudgmental and shows each character from the stand point of someone who is not personally involved. Through him, each character is shown purely for what they do and say.
Quentin’s view is different from the fact that he is more meticulous. He sees every error that each member of the family makes. He dwells on the sordid side of life, so each character is shown for their covetous side. For instance, the only view we get of Mr. Compson is from Quentin. Since Mr.
Compson does not live by principals, Quentin is the most likely person to dwell on him. Jason gives the last personal view of the story. He is self-centered so he only thinks of people by the way their acts affect him. Through his eyes, every character is seen as petty and usel! ess unless they serve his purpose. When he spoke of his mistress he said, I’ve got every respect for a good honest whore, but when he calls Miss Quentin a little whore, the respect is obviously left out. By using contrast and foils each character’s personalities are seen more clearly. Mrs. Compson and her daughter, Caddy, are two very different people.
Mrs. Compson is lazy and self-pitying. She exaggerates small problems and shifts her responsibilities onto the black servants, then complains that they don’t do it quickly enough (59). On the other hand, Caddy is very strong and independent. She took care of herself and her brothers when Mrs.
Compson laid in bed. While her mother cares for appearances, such as always keeping Benjy away from the company, Caddy becomes a mother figure to him and takes him everywhere with her. Quentin and Jason also contradict each other. Quentin is very sensitive about the world around him. The very act of committing suicide because of! what his sister did goes against everything Jason believes in.
Jason can only think of himself and would never dream of making such a drastic sacrifice for someone else’s mistake. The only feelings he has toward his sister are those of hatred because she cost him a job at her ex-husband’s bank. Dilsey and Maury Bascomb counter each by the roles they play in the family. Dilsey helps keep the family together and in order. She even buys Benjy a birthday cake and takes him to church with her when everyone else ignores him. Unlike Dilsey, Maury does nothing useful.
He lives with his sister’s family and repays them by using their money for liquor and sending their children to deliver letters to Mrs. Patterson, a married woman he is having an affair with. The technique that most defines the novel is Faulkner’s use of stream of consciousness. This technique allows Benjy’s true thoughts to show. Through his mind, it is possible to show what his limitations are. The reader! gets to see how Benjy associates words and objects through his simple musings. The first occurrence is when the people playing golf call for their caddie and Benjy remembers his older sister (3).
By using stream of consciousness, Jason is shown for who he really is. All of his egotistical, greedy, and pompous thoughts are shown in detail. When he thinks about is brother Benjy running up and down the fence, bellowing like a cow, there is no mistaking his lack of compassion for others (222). This method proves the most useful in Quentin’s section. Since it is hard to comprehend why most people commit suicide, this mode proves invaluable by giving a true first hand look.
Even though it is difficult to understand, the chopped fragments of different conversations can be pieced together to give a precise reason why he justified such an extreme measure. If nothing else, this novel gives the complete aspect of each character’s mind and personality. This background, together with a believable plot, convincing characterization, and important literary devices, enables William Faulkner in The Sound and the Fury to develop the theme of the regression of the family. The only purpose of this theme is to make the story seem more tragic. Faulkner makes no attempt to reform the characters in the book, which gives the reader the impression that the characters are condemned by their environment and heredity.
In turn, it makes any attempt at improvement in real life seem useless. He succeeds in making The Sound and the Fury notorious with ill-fated, hopeless, and irredeemable characters. Even though the book is filled with grave adversity, it is worthwhile because of the memorable characters and the author’s unique style of writing. Bibliography Dont really have one, sorry.