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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View all 5 comments. For it develops that prior to her death, Ellen had put the responsibility of protecting her children, Judith and Henry, when she is no longer alive. He tells Judith she cannot marry Charles because absalm her half-brother and is part black. The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement.

The myth that Faulkner explores is one that touches a very small portion of the Southern population. The use of Quentin Compson as the primary perspective if not exactly the focus of the novel makes it something of a companion piece to Faulkner’s earlier work The Sound and the Furywhich tells the story of the Compson Familywith Quentin as a main character.

Create reciprocal ACE blurbs 1 6 Oct 30, Henry repudiates his father and flees; ultimately Sutpen, with his plantation in ruins after the Civil War, is reduced to selling trinkets in a backwoods general store. What is Faulkner telling us about the human need to order and interpret the past? In all three of these novels the family is central to structure, plot, and meaning.

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. Sutpen obtains one hundred square miles of land from a local Native American tribe and immediately begins building a large plantation called Sutpen’s Hundred, including an ostentatious mansion. The woman has a head in which the prominently jutting nose splits the face into two sections with violently contrasting colours.


His focus on the issue of race, and of the “taint” which even the smallest 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 engages in a much more subtle investigation of identity than Faulkner and remember Migrations was published in – almost ten years before Absalom.

I don’t know, though, whether I’ll ever go back. But I am more receptive now to appreciate a tale chock full of allusions, twisted motivations, and revelations about the sins of racism, class st This book was a difficult but rewarding read. I will need to come back to this review. And these are all things that I think Evelyn Scott, i So, I am going to do something a little odd here which is more for the benefit of my thinking-through than anything else, so please feel free to ignore the following ramblings.

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He took a wife descended from a good family and the community showed their disapproval by not showing up to the wedding. For example, Miss Coldfield was the sister-in-law of Sutpen, and despised him, so her memory is slanted and her digressions unbearably long.

A human being, for Goodness Sake. Come si fa a commentarlo? I really didn’t think that Charles loved Judith.

Or maybe loved it because of that? History is an amalgam of documentation, memory, and the telling of it. He lays awake at night thinking about what he can do about it. Sutpen’s wife, Ellen, considers Bon to be Judith’s future husband. By the early s, he has a “You can’t understand it. Because I think there are lots of things which do not work here, or which fail to do what I think they are trying to do.

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But then would Southern literature be the same? These plantations were so large that it required an unbelievable amount of human labor to keep them productive.

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Then elements of the story that connect with the lineage of Agamemnon are also fascinating and incredible, and I don’t really understand most of them, so I recommend coming in better prepared then I was. Sutpen’s downfall is foreshadowed by the appearance of Charles Bon, enrolled as a student in law at the infant College, Oxford. Harold Strauss, writing for the New York Times said that “its unreadable prose should be left to those who like puzzles.

What are the sources of their faulknre as tellers of the Sutpen story? Henry goes to the University of Mississippi and meets fellow student Charles Bon, who is ten years his senior.

Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

At first he believed and was proud of Southern values, however, if those values for so perfect, Thomas Sutpen or South should never have failed.

Faulkner’s opinion of “Absalom, Absalom! You may surprise yourself with unexpected pleasures if you take up such a challenge yourself. However, Sutpen insults Rosa by demanding that she bear him a son before the wedding takes place, prompting her to leave Sutpen’s Hundred. The Civil War faulner.

When his son Henry is at college in nearby Oxford, he brings an aristocratic friend faulknr on holiday, a New Orleans man named Charles Bon. Are there aesthetic and intellectual reasons he takes his rhetoric and syntax to such exhaustive lengths, or do you feel that his style is too self-indulgent?

I would always begin reading intending to only read a chapter, but once I landed in Jefferson, Mississippi I was soon caught up in the intricacies of the writer’s web.