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The second section commences on June 2, , in Cambridge , Massachusetts, where its narrator, Quentin, attends Harvard University.

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The focal point of his narration is his year-old niece, Miss Quentin, who, as Jason describes her, is very much like her mother: headstrong, rebellious, and promiscuous. Jason disdains Miss Quentin and she him —and yet he relies on her for money. Still, Jason withholds the money. On the morning of April 8, the author-narrator observes Dilsey performing her chores, as usual, in the Compson house.

Jason, furious, goes to chase her but ultimately fails to catch her. The visiting minister preaches about redemption, and Dilsey, thinking of the Compsons and the events of the morning, begins to cry. I seed de beginning, en now I sees de endin. An appendix to the novel, published in , details the fates of the surviving Compsons.

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According to the appendix, Benjy was committed to an asylum in ; Jason moved into an apartment above the supply-store; and Caddy moved to Paris, where she lived at the time of the German occupation of France — Neither Caddy nor her daughter returned to Yoknapatawpha County. The Sound and the Fury was written and is set in the postbellum American South , in the period after Reconstruction — At this critical moment in American history, the South was in the process of redefining itself and its values in the absence of slavery.

Certain Southern families typically old landed families refused to participate in this process. Instead, they turned inward; they clung to their traditions and values—to vague notions of honour, purity, and virginity. The Sound and the Fury documents the decline of these families. The Compsons, as Faulkner casts them, are direct descendants of the planter-aristocrats.

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They are the inheritors of their values and traditions, on whom the survival or ultimate extinction of this Southern aristocracy depends. The Compsons, for the most part, shirk this responsibility. Quentin, however, does not. The burden of the past falls heavily upon Quentin, who, as the eldest son, feels he must preserve and protect the Compson family honour. Quentin identifies his sister as the principal bearer of the honour he is to protect. When he fails to protect that honour—that is, when Caddy loses her virginity to Dalton Ames and becomes pregnant—Quentin elects to commit suicide.

Still, for nearly two decades, the family survives. At the end of the novel, the Compson family is in ruins and, on a larger scale, the Southern aristocracy is too. In that soliloquy , Macbeth reflects on time and the meaninglessness of life:. It was, however, accomplished in , when the Folio Society printed a limited edition multicoloured version of the novel. Initial critical reactions to The Sound and the Fury were mixed. Years after its publication, Faulkner expressed his dissatisfaction with The Sound and the Fury.

In he described it to graduate students at the University of Virginia as a series of failures:. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. Plot Summary. Plot Keywords. Parents Guide. External Sites.

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Writers: William Faulkner novel , Matt Rager screenplay. From metacritic. Watch Now With Prime Video. Favorite Male Actors. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: James Franco Benjy Compson Tim Blake Nelson Father Scott Haze Dilsey Ahna O'Reilly Caddy Compson Joey King The two fight, with Quentin losing disgracefully and Caddy vowing, for Quentin's sake, never to speak to Dalton again. Quentin tells his father that they have committed incest , but his father knows that he is lying: "and he did you try to make her do it and i i was afraid to i was afraid she might and then it wouldn't do any good" Quentin's idea of incest is shaped by the idea that, if they "could just have done something so dreadful that they would have fled hell except us" 51 , he could protect his sister by joining her in whatever punishment she might have to endure.

In his mind, he feels a need to take responsibility for Caddy's sin. Pregnant and alone, Caddy then marries Herbert Head, whom Quentin finds repulsive, but Caddy is resolute: she must marry before the birth of her child. Herbert finds out that the child is not his, and sends Caddy and her new daughter away in shame. Quentin's wanderings through Harvard as he cuts classes follow the pattern of his heartbreak over losing Caddy. For instance, he meets a small Italian immigrant girl who speaks no English. Significantly, he calls her "sister" and spends much of the day trying to communicate with her, and to care for her by finding her home, to no avail.

He thinks sadly of the downfall and squalor of the South after the American Civil War. Tormented by his conflicting thoughts and emotions, Quentin commits suicide by drowning. While many first-time readers report Benjy's section as being difficult to understand, these same readers often find Quentin's section to be near impossible. Not only do chronological events mesh together irregularly, but often especially at the end Faulkner completely disregards any semblance of grammar, spelling, or punctuation, instead writing in a rambling series of words, phrases, and sentences that have no separation to indicate where one thought ends and another begins.

This confusion is due to Quentin's severe depression and deteriorating state of mind , and Quentin is therefore arguably an even more unreliable narrator than his brother Benjy. Because of the staggering complexity of this section, it is often the one most extensively studied by scholars of the novel.

The third section is narrated by Jason, the third child and his mother Caroline's favorite. It takes place the day before Benjy's section, on Good Friday. Of the three brothers' sections, Jason's is the most straightforward, reflecting his single-minded desire for material wealth. This desire is made evident by his bad investments in cotton, which become symbolic of the financial decline of the south.

By , Jason is the economic foundation of the family after his father's death.

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He supports his mother, Benjy, and Miss Quentin Caddy's daughter , as well as the family's servants. His role makes him bitter and cynical, with little of the passionate sensitivity that we see in his older brother and sister. He goes so far as to blackmail Caddy into making him Miss Quentin's sole guardian, then uses that role to steal the support payments that Caddy sends for her daughter. This is the first section that is narrated in a linear fashion.

It follows the course of Good Friday, a day in which Jason decides to leave work to search for Miss Quentin Caddy's daughter , who has run away again, seemingly in pursuit of mischief. Here we see most immediately the conflict between the two predominant traits of the Compson family, which Caroline attributes to the difference between her blood and her husband's: on the one hand, Miss Quentin's recklessness and passion, inherited from her grandfather and, ultimately, the Compson side; on the other, Jason's ruthless cynicism, drawn from his mother's side.

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This section also gives us the clearest image of domestic life in the Compson household, which for Jason and the servants means the care of the hypochondriac Caroline and of Benjy. April 8, , is Easter Sunday. This section, the only one without a single first-person narrator , focuses on Dilsey, the powerful matriarch of the black family servants.

She, in contrast to the declining Compsons, draws a great deal of strength from her faith, standing as a proud figure amid a dying family. On this Easter Sunday, Dilsey takes her family and Benjy to the "colored" church. Through her we sense the consequences of the decadence and depravity in which the Compsons have lived for decades. Dilsey is mistreated and abused, but nevertheless remains loyal. She, with the help of her grandson Luster, cares for Benjy, as she takes him to church and tries to bring him to salvation.

The preacher's sermon inspires her to weep for the Compson family, reminding her that she's seen the family through its destruction, which she is now witnessing. Meanwhile, the tension between Jason and Miss Quentin reaches its inevitable conclusion. The family discovers that Miss Quentin has run away in the middle of the night with a carnival worker, having found the hidden collection of cash in Jason's closet and taken both her money the support from Caddy, which Jason had stolen and her money-obsessed uncle's life savings. Jason calls the police and tells them that his money has been stolen, but since it would mean admitting embezzling Quentin's money he doesn't press the issue.

He therefore sets off once again to find her on his own, but loses her trail in nearby Mottson, and gives her up as gone for good. After church, Dilsey allows her grandson Luster to drive Benjy in the family's decrepit horse and carriage to the graveyard. Luster, disregarding Benjy's set routine, drives the wrong way around a monument. Benjy's hysterical sobbing and violent outburst can only be quieted by Jason, who understands how best to placate his brother. Jason slaps Luster, turns the carriage around, and, in an attempt to quiet Benjy, hits Benjy, breaking his flower stalk, while screaming "Shut up!

Luster turns around to look at Benjy and sees Benjy holding his drooping flower. Benjy's eyes are "empty and blue and serene again. In , Faulkner wrote an appendix to the novel to be published in the then-forthcoming anthology The Portable Faulkner. At Faulkner's behest, however, subsequent printings of The Sound and the Fury frequently contain the appendix at the end of the book; it is sometimes referred to as the fifth part.

Having been written sixteen years after The Sound and the Fury , the appendix presents some textual differences from the novel, but serves to clarify the novel's opaque story.