By Carol Siri Johnson
REA's MAXnotes for William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! MAXnotes supply a clean examine masterpieces of literature, provided in a full of life and fascinating model. Written by means of literary specialists who at present educate the topic, MAXnotes will improve your figuring out and pleasure of the paintings. MAXnotes are designed to stimulate self reliant thought of the literary paintings by means of elevating numerous matters and thought-provoking principles and questions. MAXnotes conceal the necessities of what one may still learn about every one paintings, together with an total precis, personality lists, a proof and dialogue of the plot, the work's ancient context, illustrations to show the temper of the paintings, and a biography of the writer. every one bankruptcy is separately summarized and analyzed, and has learn questions and solutions.
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1834 Clytie, the daughter of Thomas Sutpen and a slave, is born. 1835 The mansion at Sutpen’s Hundred is almost finished, so Thomas Sutpen allows the French architect to leave and plans to court Ellen Coldfield. 1838 Thomas Sutpen and Ellen Coldfield are married in a ceremony that the townspeople refuse to attend. 1839 Henry Sutpen is born. 1841 Judith Sutpen is born. 1845 Rosa Coldfield is born to middle-aged parents; her mother dies in childbirth. 1850 Wash Jones, a poor white squatter, moves to Jefferson with his daughter Melicent, and camps out on Thomas Sutpen’s land.
He published 30 books during his lifetime, winning a National Book Award, a Legion of Honor award, the Howells Medal for distinguished fiction, the Gold Medal for Fiction, two Pulitzer Prizes, and, finally, a Nobel prize. But Faulkner did not lead a completely happy life. As the eldest of four sons, he felt responsible for his entire family. His improvident father drank heavily, as Faulkner did when he became an adult. Moreover, Faulkner’s family had owned slaves, and Faulkner felt the weight of guilt of a society whose economic standard was created by the exploitation of others.
It is sometimes difficult to tell where one character’s thoughts end and another’s begin. Moreover, Faulkner writes as if the reader already knew everything. Faulkner’s difficult style forces the reader to identify with the town of Jefferson and even the Sutpen clan. Since we have to trust our instincts and partially reconstruct the story ourselves, as if we were family, which makes the story more intimate. Absalom, Absalom! is constructed like a family saga, made not of written narrative fiction, but crafted from spoken gossip.
Absalom, Absalom!: MAXNotes Literature Guide by Carol Siri Johnson