Use our free chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis of Absalom, Absalom!. It helps middle and high school students understand William Faulkner’s literary. Absalom! Absalom! is William Faulkner’s major work–his most important and ambitious contribution to American literature. In the dramatic texture of this story of. : ¡Absalón, Absalón! / Absalom, Absalom! (Spanish Edition) ( ): William Faulkner, Beatriz Florencia Nelson: Books.

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So, to finish this rambling, I am not sure how well my faulkneg above would hold up to thorough testing, particularly by someone better versed in Faulkner and this book. Mind you, I wouldn’t want to dissuade anyone from trying this. How do incest and miscegenation mirror each other?

The story concerns Thomas Sutpen, a poor man who finds wealth and then marries into a respectabl Published inAbsalom, Absalom! If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http: All he needs to complete his plan is a wife to bear him a few children particularly a son to be his heirso he ingratiates himself with a local merchant and marries the man’s daughter, Ellen Fxulkner.

That is, having read it In fact, only incentives, besides a clear conscience whic “Tell about the South. She gives equal respect, equal place, equal relevance, to the voice of the prostitute, the homeless, the slave etc etc.

Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

The coming Civil war prevents resolution of Bon’s relationship with Judith. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. What are the sources of their authority as tellers of the Sutpen story?

It is all well and good for Faulkner to critique the racism of the South but, I think, he only truly focuses that criticism on the belief that a drop of negro blood is sufficient to remove an individual from society.


With the need for a son to continue one’s family name,sense of racial purity not allowing them to marry people of color or their children, the fact that they consider themselves disgraced if one of them was to be found homosexual or if one of their women was to lose virginity worse still get pregnant before marriage – their sense of honor was something highly vulnerable and insecure.

I like to think that Faulkner, were he alive, would’ve broken an empty bourbon bottle over the head of JRR Tolkien, and spit some tobacco juice on JK Rowling for their candy-ass prose and their contributions to increasing the laziness of readers everywhere. And so we are shown how fucked the racist culture has got – to the extent that the incest taboo is less important than that of miscegenation.

Although the novel’s complex and fragmented structure poses considerable difficulty to readers, the book’s literary merits place it squarely in the ranks of America’s finest novels. The book is riddled with incredible passages that would balloon this review up to megalithic proportions if I were to share them all with you. It is the source of grief and identity as well as the locus of all individual psychic struggles.

It’s as if his layering and re-layering and re-re-layering and his endlessly unfolding and stacking metaphors are the ONLY way for Quentin, and for us, the readers, to understand the South, and to understand Quentin’s desperate self-loathing and absaalom, and Caddy, and Henry and Bon and Judith and etc That is the substance of remembering—sense, sight, smell: How does the novel expose the mental convolutions by which people tried to maintain the notion of an essential difference—a species difference—between black skin and white, even among members of the same family?

View all 12 comments. I dont hate it! His focus on the issue of race, and of the “taint” which even the avsalon hint of non-white ancestry can cast over an individual, is admirable, but, again, I find the complexity of Eugenia in Scott’s trilogy, much more powerful – Scott deliberately subverts the trope of the tragic mulatto, and ansalom in a much more subtle investigation of identity than Faulkner and remember Migrations was published in – almost ten years before Absalom.


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It just feels somehow false to me for an architect to create a plan for a work which seeks to demonstrate the impossibility of plans. In the family moved to the university town of Oxford, Mississippi, where Faulkner was to spend most of his life.

This story, these dark images are delivered in the beautiful southern dialect with a power and mastery few possess, and that Faulkner possessed in spades. Open Preview See a Problem? He goes to wbsalom Haiti and marries the daughter of a plantation owner he has saved from faulknerr during the slave revolt there, but he abandons his wife and newborn son, Charles Bon, when he learns that his wife has a strain of Negro blood.

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Referring to Sutpen as man-horse-demon, Rosa reveals her biases and prejudices against Sutpen. Through Grandfather and Father Compson we learn that Sutpen had come from the mountains of western Virginia, from a poverty stricken family. In it he leaves no doubt that he considered slavery to be the institution that condemned it and destroyed it.

Here Rosa Coldfield recounts her reactions upon arriving on the scene where Bon has been killed, realizing she had dreams of love for him herself: Obviously this book is an incredible work of art, and Faulkner a genius, but then so is Evelyn Scott.