Despite warnings about the difficulty of finding William Faulkner’s most famous novels, readers are still in complete shock when they read the first page of The Sound and the Fury.
Sound and Fury
Symbol of a conscious literary genre
This is the common feeling of many readers around the world when they want to read the 4 parts of this 400-page book. Why does this happen? Several novel characters from 3 generations of family and servants. In total, there are a dozen characters appearing in the story, which basically lasts 4 days. Compared to the famous Chinese literary masterpiece “Four Ages” or the immortal Russian epics “War and Peace”, “East”, etc., this American literary masterpiece can only be compared comparable. The equivalent of a long story.
But for anyone looking to explore the tumultuous and tumultuous world of William Faulkner, the time and effort it takes readers to understand the four chapters of The Sound and the Fury has presented an interesting challenge.
The art of flow of consciousness and the use of literal and irrational sentence structures have revolutionized the traditional prose techniques that narrative fiction has instilled in readers over time. Since a long time ago. W. a minute. Forget about the novelty and complexity of Faulkner’s writing style, let’s explore the story structure of The Sound and the Furious first.
Synchronized time structure and engaging internal monologue
This story is about a 3rd generation family: grandparents Jason Compson and Carolee and their 4 children. Quentin gave birth to their first daughter, Candice (Cady), and two sons: Jason, Maury, and Quentin’s grandson, Cady’s son. Murray suffered mental retardation after his youngest son, named Benji. This is an important character because the entire first chapter of the novel is written from this character’s point of view. Compson’s housekeepers are Rosbass, and Dillesley, and their children are Versh, Tippy, and daughter Front, they have a daughter named Luster.
The story is divided into 4 chapters and the time development is not in the usual sequence. April 7, 1928, beginning with Chapter 1, is also Benji’s 33rd birthday. Intellectual disability, unable to relate surrounding events to what they hear and feel. In the first person, my character Benjy’s soul is forever 3 years old, with only hearing, sight, smell, and touch.
In fact, readers should note that, for William Faulkner, the literary use of first-person stories is completely out of date, as the novel involves countless first-person jumps. to the third person. Personal pronoun, but it is not clear to whom.
To translate this work, many translators around the world have had a lot of trouble translating the monologue behind the three brothers Benji, Quentin, and Jason. It forces the reader to immerse themselves in the characters and really appreciate or experience all of the events of the story through their multiple perspectives. Excerpt from Benji’s monologue:
“ The tea smells like a tree. In the dark corner, I can see the window. I sat there in my slippers. Not seeing, but seeing with hands, hearing at night, hands seeing sandals but not seeing, hands seeing sandals, sitting and listening to it getting dark. “
The second chapter follows the last day of Quentin’s life, 18 years ago, on June 2, 1910, when he committed suicide at Harvard University. A whirlwind of jealousy and guilt swirled through his mind, and a series of images flashed by. If the reader only sees the reason for their one-sided love for his sister Cardi, it is very wrong. As we read the last page of the novel, we realize that Quentin has been on the edge of his heart since he was born in the House, just waiting for the chance to explode on that fateful day to self-destruct. His life is over.
Chapter Three takes the reader to April 6, 1928, a day before the release of Chapter One. This chapter continues the loneliness in the head of Jason, Quentin’s father, and Cardi’s younger brother, Benji’s brother. As you read this chapter, you will begin to clearly visualize the reason for the panicky screams in the first chapter, and the important role the Jason brothers played in the tragedy of the second chapter. A man who grew up in the same family as Compson exudes a stingy, selfish, cunning, and very aggressive personality.
It all culminates in the final chapter on April 8, 1928 (after Benji’s birthday), when Jason’s nature manifests in uncontrollable hatred and anger towards Quentin’s nephew ( who happens to be his son). Kadir’s sister. With his cunning, he deceived everyone inside and outside the Compson family, even his biological mother, who was always ready to protect and love him unconditionally.
Human personality and noble soul are always the long-term goals of literature.
The story is dark and full of artistic technique, metaphor, and common South American language. In that deep darkness, the discerning reader will recognize Disley, the Compson family’s black nanny. This can be considered as the image of the main character interspersed with the supporting characters, with many lines throughout all 4 chapters of the book. It was Mrs. Disley who led the Compsons’ ship of destruction. He appeared to protect the Compson children and fight Jason’s cruelty and crimes. In the words of his mother Caroline, Jason was “a family.” high expectations. “
To fully enjoy this novel, readers need not hastily frown at dozens of pages without semicolons with mixed sentences. When encountering a scene of unknown people, do not be distracted but throw away books but randomly intertwine, confusing metaphors… forget what you have learned in school for a while. Grammar in literature such as sentence structure, paragraph, clause, subject, or predicate … in short, helps you understand the meaning of a passage. Instead, quietly let yourself drift with the flow of every sound, and let it take you somewhere no matter how winding the road. That place will understand it all.
W Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury is a literary masterpiece, with 19 novels and 75 other short stories, for which he has won the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature and 2 Pulitzer Prizes. The “voice” and “anger” expressed in the work are what can be said to be the stinging words of an idiot in the changing materialistic American society of the early 20th century. W. Faulkner expressed his views. about past and present, racial strife, prejudice against blacks, and their inferiority through new and innovative language.
However, no matter how dark and sad the story is, it always shows the noble image of a man of conscience and chastity that W. Faulkner created and admired.