Sunday, March 24, 2019

Stream of Consciousness in Faulkner’s Absolam, Absolam! :: Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! Essays

Stream of Consciousness in Faulkners Absolam, AbsolamWhile I was breeding Absolam, Absolam I was reminded once again of Faulkners particular writing sort of stream of consciousness. The book itself is laid out very confusing having four-fold narrators depicting incidents of the past, a recurrent theme of Faulkners identifying military personnels connection to his past. The first narrator of Absolam, Absolam is Rosa, the sister in law of doubting doubting Thomas Sutpen. She describes Sutpen with so much hatred that he almost takes form of a monster, which is incapable of feelings. Interestingly, Rosa is telling her story to Quentin Compson, the second narrator from The strong and the Fury, who later as we know commits suicide. At the end of the first chapter, I was left with many pieces of what seem to be the tragic story of Thomas Sutpen, a man who mysteriously shows up in Jefferson, Mississippi buys one(a) hundred acres of land and turns it into a plantation. We also know that he becomes married to Ellen who is twenty-four years older than her younger sister Rosa. The last(a) image of Sutpen given by Rosa is that some black man kills him on his plantation. Rosa also asks Quentin to come with her to the old Sutpen mansion, because she thinks someone is screen out there. Continuing with his stream of consciousness technique, Faulkner has Mr. Compson tell the next a couple of(prenominal) chapters through his memories of Thomas Sutpen. Sutpen was in the Cival War with General Compson, and as the stories relieve oneself been passed down to Mr. Compson, he is passing the story now to Quentin. In Mr. Copsons version, I learned of Sutpens marriage disaster, his immediate family,his illegitimate child with a slave, and a previous marriage to a woman who was 1/8 black, who bears Sutpen a son, which is his dream, but also his downfall. He also explains, how Charles Bon, Sutpens abandoned 1/8 negro child comes home with Henry Sutpen from college. Later he is kill ed by Henry, which is not fully explained yet. I think, that there may be a connection between Sutpens hatred of non-whites, and the effects they feel on his son, Henry.

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