This novel not only began to bring Faulkner to the attention of the literary public, but it also inaugurated a period of extraordinary creativity which was to last about a decade and a half. Plot The book begins with a section narrated by Benjy.
Originally Faulkner meant to use different colored inks to signify chronological breaks. 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.
The reader must, in other words, first accept the novel on its own terms and not expect a traditional narrative. He turns to his father for help and counsel, but the pragmatic Mr. April 7th, Basic set up: Literary significance[ edit ] The Sound and the Fury is a widely influential work of literature.
In addition to being aware of his or her purpose, the reader should also decide what level of understanding to be satisfied with. You could have spent the last three minutes talking to your dog. Then they put the flag back and they went to the table, and he hit and the other hit. Benjamin nicknamed Benjy, born Maury Compson — the mentally disabled fourth child, who is a constant source of shame and grief for his family, especially his mother, who insisted on his name change to Benjamin.
Are you reading it simply to fulfill a school assignment and get a decent grade?
Jason is also a focus in the section, but Faulkner presents glimpses of the thoughts and deeds of everyone in the family. In the absence of the self-absorbed Mrs.
Quentin, the oldest child, is a sensitive bundle of neuroses. The reader should not worry too much about the details. Inthe Modern Library ranked The Sound and the Fury sixth on its list of the best English-language novels of the 20th century. Because of the staggering complexity of this section, it is often the one most extensively studied by scholars of the novel.
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. This interweaving and nonlinear structure makes any true synopsis of the novel difficult, especially since the narrators are all unreliable in their own way, making their accounts not necessarily trustworthy at all times.
Sit back and enjoy the ride. It is best, however, not to feel intimidated. Erry time this fool touch, hear, or smell something, he get thrown back to memories of his fine sistah Caddy.Plot Overview. Attempting to apply traditional plot summary to The Sound and the Fury is difficult.
At a basic level, the novel is about the three Compson brothers’ obsessions with the their sister Caddy, but this brief synopsis represents merely the surface of what the novel contains. Publisher: Random House: Tags: fiction, Modern Library's Best Novels, Film Adaptation, Family Saga: Description: The Sound and the Fury is a novel written by the American author William Faulkner.
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner may just be the greatest Southern novel ever written. It may also be the most searing discussion of race in a modernist novel. It may also be the greatest family drama ever composed.
ANALYSIS BY SECTION. The Sound and the Fury (). William Faulkner () TITLE. The title refers to a phrase from Macbeth by Shakespeare: Life is “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”.
The Sound and the Fury is a novel by William Faulkner that was first published in The Sound and the Fury is a dramatic presentation of the decline of the once-aristocratic Compson family of Yoknapatawpha County, in northern Mississippi. Divided into four sections, the history is narrated by three Compson brothers — Benjamin, Quentin, and Jason — followed by a section by an omniscient narrator.Download