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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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The future couple strangely are quite calm, there must be a reason. This may be why I have difficulty articulating how I feel about the work.

He plans to daulkner rich and create a family dynasty. I really didn’t think that Charles loved Judith. Boyd, The Reflexive Novel: However, as a result of a talk with Henry regarding Bon, Henry repudiates his position as heir to the Sutpen holdings. That Bon meets Judith during a visit to Sutpen’s plantation is inevitable. After his plan to breed yet a third family with the sister of ansalon dead wife fails, Sutpen impregnates the teenage daughter of a poor white man, who kills him with a scythe when he insults the girl because she has given birth to a daughter.

View all 14 comments. Rereading this was definitely the right decision. Finally, Quentin relates the story to his roommate Shreve, and in each retelling, the reader receives more details as the parties flesh out the story by adding layers. Laduke Ely Yes, he is. He puts down a slave revolt. He builds a large estate, marries a local girl and has two children. One lawyer colleague of mine has as his motto, “Perception is reality.

Never a brilliant student, Faulkner left high school after the tenth absalon. He meets up with Henry and as the plot advances we find out that Charles Bon is Henry’s half brother. Sutpen is turned away from a Tidewater Virginian’s front door by a slave. View all 3 comments. Jul 31, Ted rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sutpen’s downfall is foreshadowed daulkner the appearance of Charles Bon, enrolled as a student in law at the infant College, Oxford.


What secrets do Thomas Sutpen’s house still hold that Rosa Colfield faulkkner that Quentin ride with her to that dark house before he leaves the South to become a student at Harvard?

View all 26 comments. Compson calls it, why does it command so much mesmerized attention in this novel?

I’d say Karl is right. You know the ones I mean.

Absalom, Absalom! – Wikipedia

Henry goes to the University of Mississippi and meets fellow student Charles Bon, who is ten years absaloh senior. I can see all Have you ever looked at one of Picasso’s abstract females?

The story concerns Thomas Sutpen, a poor man who finds wealth and then marries into a respectable family. At the top was Thomas Sutpen, originally named Charles. Nor is he forthcoming about where he has come from, or the source of his wealth that allows him to purchase one hundred square miles of land from Old Chickasaw Chief Ikkemotubbe. Rigidly committed to his “design,” Sutpen proves unwilling to honor his marriage to a part-black woman, setting in motion his own destruction. The title refers to the Biblical story of Absaloma son of David who rebelled against faulkneer father then King of Kingdom of Israel and who was killed by David’s general Joab in violation of David’s order to deal gently with his son, causing heartbreak to David.


How would more direct intervention by an authorial voice change your experience?

Absalom, Absalom!

Arriving in Jefferson, Mississippi, he is able to obtain some land and through the course of a few years, builds up his sumptuous mansion. This book was a difficult but rewarding read.

The problem with all this is that Faulkner intended the text to be an “indictment” of Southern white culture and this program shapes the novel – rather than attempting to let that culture “be” and thereby allow the reader to do the interpretation, we are already primed to follow only that path Faulkner wishes to set out for us. Thomas Sutpen returns from the war and begins to repair his dynasty and his home, whose hundred square miles have been reduced by carpetbaggers and punitive northern action, to one square mile.

Absalom, Absalom! Reader’s Guide

In many ways this novel, for me, belongs next to Moby-Dick; or, The WhaleThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finnthe Great Gatsby, and a handful of other as some of the greatest written art America has ever produced. These plantations were so large that it required an unbelievable amount of human labor to keep them productive.

Because I think there are lots of things which do not work here, or which fail to do what I think they faulkned trying to do. What a complex, layered work it is.