Essay on Structures Used in The Sound and the Fury
In “Christian and Freudian Structures”, Carvel Collins points out some interesting systems used by Faulkner in The Sound and The Fury. Collins refers to the first system Faulkner uses as a Christian structure, which shows how all three Compson sons are in parallel with Christ. When discussing the Christian structure, Collins says that it is important for the reader to know that three of the four sections are set on Easter Sunday and the two days preceding it (71). First, he discusses the Quentin section because it dates back to a Thursday with the other sections being on Friday (Jason), Saturday (Benjy), and Sunday (fourth section). The Thursday in which the Quentin section takes place …show more content…
Collins says that after examining all of these motifs, we find that the Compson sons are in parallel with Christ, but by “inversion”. For example, “Christ pleaded to be released from the next day’s torture if such release would not interfere with His Father’s plans. but Quentin pleads with his father for punishment-which is refused him” (73). Also, Holy Saturday is a time for christening, of name giving, but Benjy’s name was actually taken away. Cohn says, “In short, God’s Son passed through the events of the Passion and rose as a redeemer; the Compson sons pass through parallel events but go down in failure” (73).
Another system that Faulkner uses is the Freudian