Ebenfalls hat er eine Gruppe wilder Sklaven dabei. Er eignet sich einen Grundbesitz an und baut darauf eine Villa, die der Architekt entwirft. Sutpen sei an einem Sonntagmorgen im Jahre in Jefferson aufgetaucht. Er habe nichts als zwei Revolver bei sich gehabt und sei mit seinem Pferd in die Stadt geritten, um ein Zimmer im Holston House zu beziehen.
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Plot summary[ edit ] Absalom, Absalom! The story is told entirely in flashbacks narrated mostly by Quentin Compson to his roommate at Harvard University , Shreve, who frequently contributes his own suggestions and surmises. This results in a peeling-back-the-onion revelation of the true story of the Sutpens. Finally, Quentin relates the story to his roommate Shreve, and in each retelling, the reader receives more details as the parties flesh out the story by adding layers.
Thomas Sutpen arrives in Jefferson, Mississippi , with some slaves and a French architect who has been somehow forced into working for him. Ellen bears Sutpen two children, a son named Henry and a daughter named Judith, both of whom are destined for tragedy.
Henry goes to the University of Mississippi and meets fellow student Charles Bon, who is ten years his senior.
Henry brings Charles home for Christmas, and Charles and Judith begin a quiet romance that leads to a presumed engagement. However, Thomas Sutpen realizes that Charles Bon is his son from an earlier marriage and moves to stop the proposed union. She bore him a son, Charles. Sutpen had not known that Eulalia was of mixed race until after the marriage and birth of Charles, but when he found out that he had been deceived, he renounced the marriage as void and left his wife and child though leaving them his fortune as part of his own moral recompense.
When Sutpen tells Henry that Charles is his half-brother and that Judith must not be allowed to marry him, Henry refuses to believe it, repudiates his birthright, and accompanies Charles to his home in New Orleans. They then return to Mississippi to enlist in their University company, joining the Confederate Army to fight in the Civil War. During the war, Henry wrestles with his conscience until he presumably resolves to allow the marriage of half-brother and sister; this resolution changes, however, when Sutpen reveals to Henry that Charles is part black.
Thomas Sutpen returns from the war and begins to repair his dynasty and his home, whose hundred square miles have been reduced by carpetbaggers and punitive northern action to one square mile. Sutpen then begins an affair with Milly, the year-old granddaughter of Wash Jones, a squatter who lives on the Sutpen property. The affair continues until Milly becomes pregnant and gives birth to a daughter.
Sutpen is terribly disappointed, because the last hope of repairing his Sutpen dynasty rested on Milly giving birth to a son. Sutpen casts Milly and the child aside, telling them that they are not worthy of sleeping in the stables with his horse, who had just sired a male. Henry has returned to the estate to die. Three months later, when Rosa returns with medical help for Henry, Clytie mistakes them for law enforcement and starts a fire that consumes the plantation and kills Henry and herself.
Analysis[ edit ] Like other Faulkner novels, Absalom, Absalom! Rigidly committed to his "design," Sutpen proves unwilling to honor his marriage to a part-black woman, setting in motion his own destruction. Discussing Absalom, Absalom! Faulkner stated that although none of the narrators got the facts right, since "no one individual can look at truth," there is a truth and the reader can ultimately know it.
But some critics have stated that, fictional truth being an oxymoron, it is best to take the story as a given, and regard it on the level of myth and archetype , a fable that allows us to glimpse the deepest levels of the unconscious and thus better understand the people who accept and are ruled by that myth—Southerners in general and Quentin Compson in particular.
In , a panel of judges called Absalom, Absalom! The passage is entirely italicized and incomplete.
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