By William Faulkner
Nobel Prize-winning writer William Faulkner wrote in regards to the conflicts of the human middle. during this booklet, the reader follows protagonist Henry Sutpen during the large array of ethical and mental offerings that people stumble upon within the frustrating smooth international. This epic tale increased Faulkner to literary vast prestige.
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In this chapter Faulkner is continuing to fill in certain aspects of his myth, allowing for variant interpretations and also presenting further aspects of the same story with additional details. Some of these details are not presented as fact but only as speculations. For example, could Sutpen have meant to name his mulatto daughter Cassandra instead of Clytemnestra? Clytemnestra was the wife of Agamemnon, who led the Greeks in the defeat of the Trojans in the Trojan War. She killed both her husband and Cassandra.
In looking back into the past, Absalom, Absalom! investigates man's efforts to reconstruct the causes which influence man's present actions and tries to determine whether or not these causes stem from the old virtues or from opposite motives. Absalom, Absalom! is often considered Faulkner's greatest achievement. It is also his greatest condemnation of the morals, mores, and ethics of his own southern culture. In this story of incest, fratricide, lust, ambition, and slavery, Faulkner presents a cumulative view of man being defeated by passions and ambitions beyond the scope of humanitarian ethics.
Perhaps Faulkner's strongest condemnation of the values of the South comes from the son's (Henry Sutpen's) willingly sanctioning incest but resorting to fratricide to prevent miscegenation. Various other aspects of the novel also are critiques of the Southern mode of living which Faulkner, like Quentin at the end of this novel, both loved and hated. Thus, in Absalom, Absalom! Faulkner has given us a novel which denies the moral basis upon which the old South was built, and a novel which inquires into the amount of responsibility the modern man should feel for the sins and evils of the past.
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