The Sound And The Fury Literary Analysis

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Chapter Two
The Sound and the Fury The Sound and the Fury occupies a central position in Faulkner’s oeuvre. There exists a distinct correlation between the full blossoming of Faulkner’s creativity, and the conceiving and executing of this complex novel about the decline of an aristocratic southern family. The story is narrated in four separate sections, bearing four dates: April 7, 1928, June 2, 1910, April 6, 1928, April 8, 1928 respectively. Each section focuses on a single narrator. First three sections are given to three Compson brothers: Benjy, Quentin and Jason. The fourth section is given to Dilsey, the black servant of the family. The four-fold division, forming part of the strategy of having four narrators is designed to throw light on the central problematic of the novel from multiple angles of vision. The contradictions, thrown up by the transition from the vanishing mores of the landed aristocracy to the emerging period values of cash nexus, impart specificity to the central problematic.
The broad pattern of critical response that The Sound and the Fury has evoked since its publication in 1929 reveals a marked involvement with the exploration of the metaphysics of time, the theme of decay of a great southern family, the interaction of nature and nurture, the tragedy of two lost women, and the tension between self-love and self-sacrificial love. Some critical studies have dwelt on the mythical resources that the novelist has tapped in this novel. Some other
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