The Structural Collapse of Time and Family: The Compson Brothers' Inability to Reconcile Time and Love in Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury"

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Faulkner, criticism, characters


English Language and Literature | Fiction


In "The Sound and the Fury," William Faulkner explores the different ways that humans experience time. The overall emphasis is that the past is never really past, but lives on to haunt the present. Faulkner does this in the novel overall by the juxtaposition of different narrative voices and their perspectives:the Compson brothers. In sorting out the general timeline of the narratives, the reader himself is involved in reconstructing time from the text of the novel, thus becoming an active participant in the Compson story, reconstructing time n a way to make the tale of "sound and fury" significant.

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English: Literature and Writing

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