The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (Book Analysis)
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This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner, a novel set in the Deep South of the United States which charts the gradual decline of the formerly aristocratic Compson family. The novel cycles through the perspectives of the Compson brothers Benjy, Quentin and Jason, with a final section focusing on the family’s long-suffering black housekeeper Dilsey. Charting the brothers’ turbulent relationship with their sister Caddy and her daughter, the reader is plunged into each of the brothers’ inner thought processes in a style that has been hailed as a landmark in the use of stream-of-consciousness as a narrative device. The Sound and the Fury is arguably William Faulkner’s best-known work, and is considered an important work within the Modernist movement, as well as a classic example of the Southern Gothic novel.
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