Review: The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury is one of the greatest examples of modern literature. It is the story of the crumbling of the fictional Compson family as told through the eyes of its last three males, the severely-intellectually disabled Benjy, the sexually-obsessed and suicidal Quentin, and the duty-driven Jason. Faulkner moves through these three perspectives in succession, allowing each subjectivity to tell the story as it sees it. First is Benjy, whose disjointed narrative lacks coherent chronology and consistent grammar, then Quentin, for whom each event in his life is another attempt to try to retroactively preserve the sexual purity of his sister Caddy, and finally Jason, who presides over the final dismemberment of the family in his passionate attempts to fulfill his duties as its new head. Faulkner then follows these narratives with a fourth, completing his mock-gospel quartet, which is told from the perspective of an objective, omniscient, and disinterested narrator. In this framework, drawn from a quotation from Shakespeare’s Macbeth Faulkner displays the three mental orientations, also elements of literature (ethos, pathos, logos), and the destructive effects of a scalene nature. I recommend this book to anyone interested in a great story by a master of storytelling. amzn_assoc_ad_type = “product_link”; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = “piousfabric-20”; amzn_assoc_marketplace = “amazon”; amzn_assoc_region = “US”; amzn_assoc_placement = “0679732241”; amzn_assoc_asins = “0679732241”; amzn_assoc_show_border = true; amzn_assoc_link_opens_in_new_window = true;

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