Absalom

Absalom

Absalom, Absalom!
Many novels have been set out and read by American Literature classes all over.
Each novel teaching a political importance or pertaining the importance about the novel
and its literary work. The novel Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner is set in the
post-Civil War time period, where slavery has been set and prejudice still prevails.
Absalom, Absalom! is considered the greatest work of Americas greatest novelist, one of
that handful of American writers who challenged readers the most pleasurably and
provocatively.
Absalom, Absalom! Employs a multiple narrator technique, it uses the varying
voices and points of view of a number of characters to examine the life and character of
Thomas Sutpen, a tragic figure who tries and fails to build a family dynasty in
Yoknapatawpha County. The novel shuttles back and forth in time between past and
present. It opens in September, 1909, the present, with Quentin Compson talking to Rosa
Coldfield about Thomas Sutpen. The main story pieced together from the various
narratives is interesting. Thomas Sutpen, a poor farmer from West Virginia, comes to
Jefferson in 1833, buys a hundred square miles of land from the Indians with Spanish
gold, and builds a

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