By Theresa M. Towner
"This introductory booklet presents scholars and readers of Faulkner with a transparent review of the lifestyles and paintings of 1 of America's such a lot prolific writers of fiction. His nineteen novels, together with The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay demise, pass Down, Moses, and Absalom, Absalom!, are mentioned intimately, as are his significant brief tales and nonfiction. taken with the works themselves, but additionally offering necessary information approximately their severe reception, this creation is an obtainable consultant to Faulkner's not easy and intricate oeuvre."--BOOK JACKET. Read more...
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It also raises the question of what evil is. Horace, for one, thinks that “there’s a corruption about even looking upon evil, even by accident; you cannot haggle, traffic, with putrefaction” (129), yet he does exactly that at every turn in the novel. During the night that he interviews Temple at Miss Reba’s, he never grasps the simple and obvious fact that she has been raped, but we do. We cringe as we hear her recalled wish for a chastity belt with a spike on it: “I’d jab it all the way through him .
Sexually violated, Temple watches the same land she traveled “flee backward,” much as Faulkner has fled backward in his narrative (137). Popeye takes Temple to Miss Reba’s whorehouse in Memphis, where she suffers first the trauma of a gynecological examination and then a Works: Sanctuary 31 second visit from Popeye, “his face wrung above his absent chin, his bluish lips protruding as though he were blowing on hot soup, making a high whinnying sound like a horse” (159). So begins Temple’s life as Popeye’s mistress.
Faulkner’s title thus raises questions for the novel at the outset. ”8 Macbeth would say that all of this signifies nothing, makes no difference in the inevitable march toward death. Does Faulkner’s novel reach a similar conclusion? A brief review of the plot might suggest that it does. The four children of Caroline and Jason Compson grow up in their family’s antebellum house during the last years of the nineteenth century and the first of the twentieth. They list a governor of Mississippi and a Civil War general among their ancestors; their mother is a class-conscious snob and their father an alcoholic.