Heterogeneous Narrative Perspective Of Absalom ! Essay

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Heterogeneous Narrative Perspective
Absalom, Absalom! is a novel written in 1936 by William Faulkner, the winner of two Pulitzer’s and a Nobel Peace prize for his many literary masterpieces. Faulkner has gained a celebrated reputation for his depiction of life in the American South. Though critics have established Absalom, Absalom! as Faulkner’s most difficult writing, it is also revered for its intellectually enriching metaphors and the complicated spiraling of events through narration. Faulkner, masterfully incorporates themes of miscegenation, progeny, race, class, and misogyny, into one captivating fictitious novel. Ultimately, Faulkner succesfully constructs a work that capsulate his beliefs regarding the Confederate South. Through the
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Compson. Each narrator is attempting to reconstruct the story of Sutpen through the lens of their own individual experience. Each vision of Sutpen is then folded over one another to provide a single recognizable text or series of pictures that once combined can offer a full vision of Thomas Sutpen’s actions and …show more content…
Compson’s interpretation of Thomas Sutpen shares the same events but perceives the motivations of the man much differently than Rosa does. Where Rosa feels she has met a demon, Mr. Compson shares a vision of a man desperate for the attainment of the American dream. Detached from the events because he was not there and only knows the story from his own father, General Compson and Sutpen’s only friend. It is no wonder that Mr. Compson begins to romanticize Thomas Sutpen creating a hero like figure by use of dramatic language and a focus on his determined and unbridled ambition. Mr. Compson’s retelling of events takes on the form of a Greek tragedy, the man fails not because he is a demon as Rosa suggests but due to error of judgment. For Compson, Sutpen is the tragic hero who suffers from the fallibility of

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