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By William Faulkner

Nobel Prize-winning writer William Faulkner wrote concerning the conflicts of the human middle. during this e-book, the reader follows protagonist Henry Sutpen during the titanic array of ethical and mental offerings that people come upon within the frustrating sleek global. This epic tale increased Faulkner to literary big prestige.

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When he accepted this prize, he maintained that the duty of the artist was to depict the human heart in conflict with itself. This attitude is revealed in the conflicts that Henry Sutpen undergoes in Absalom, Absalom! Faulkner came from an old, proud, and distinguished Mississippi family, which included a governor, a colonel in the confederate army, and notable business pioneers. His grandfather, Colonel William Culbert Falkner (the "u" was added to Faulkner's name by mistake when his first novel was published, and Faulkner retained the misspelling), came to Mississippi from South Carolina during the first part of the 19th century.

When the design fails, he is still not concerned about whether or not the design was good or bad, but only about what mistakes he had made. His innocence will not allow him to see that the mistake was in his failure to consider the ethical and moral implications in the design proper. For example, for Sutpen to set his first wife aside is proper, in his view, since he gave her all the money he had. His innocence does not allow him to see the subtleties of any of his actions. Furthermore this chapter also Page 34 shows how he kept a civilized architect in captivity for about two years, never thinking that he had done anything wrong in forcing the architect to remain because he intends to remunerate him.

We later find out that most of the opinions expressed in this chapter, or most of the things reported, are later proved to be either false or subject to different interpretation. The question then arises as to the function of Mr. Compson's narration. First, the total narration functions to provide more background information. Second, the more Mr. Compson narrates, the more we find out about him as an individual. Third, even though he, as a person, is not important, his views of life are essential to understanding Quentin and Quentin's concern with the Sutpen story.

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