In William Faulkner’s novel, “The Sound and the Fury” there was the use of several psychological issues ranging from the infatuation with ones mother and the childlike state in which someone with a disability is living their life. Discussed in the Benji section was the Oedipus complex that deals with the obsession with his sister Caddy, because she is seen as a mother figure. Throughout the Benji section was also the childlike state of mind he was permanently in. The Oedipus complex was also present within the Quentin section, but as for Quentin, he was dealing with incest thoughts about Caddy while trying to maintain his masculinity. On the other hand, Jason did not feel incest desires about Caddy, instead, there was the use of the martyr complex, which went into detail his feelings of being the victim caused by the burden placed on him by the entire family. Throughout the Dilsey section there was the present feeling of dehumanization, or also referred to as the black mask of humanity. All throughout the Dilsey section there is the feeling that the white people are tearing down the African American race in order to create a sense of power and authority among the white community. In the novel, Faulkner’s use of race and gender brings into play many psychological matters dealt with among all of the Compson children as well as the outside view of Dilsey – employee of the Compson family.

Published on May 4, 2009 at 6:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

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