Analysis Of "Quentin Section" Of "Sound And Fury" By "Willaim Faulkner"

1896 words - 8 pages

Quentin section : analysisQuentin section is the thought of a person who's living in that last moment of his life before committing suicide, where he is already dead and detached form the world, at a place where there is no time and the fragments of his past life mixing with his last day's events, are floating in from here and there. The language shows that he is losing control of himself. All the bits and pieces of the past life float through his consciousness or rather he floats through them. He is in thrall to memory, helpless before the on rush of events which are tearing him apart. As he loses control of himself, key images of his pour in: gasoline, watch, time, Caddy, Benjy, other family members in various states of disintegration.Quentin is the oldest of Compsons children and there are three main factors which are responsible for the the course that Quentin's life take, the alcoholism of Mr. Compsons, his obsession with shadow and his obsession with Caddy. The Compson's family is organized around the alcoholism of Mr. Compson who refuses to acknowledge his children's emotions and suppresses the family's emotional bleeding with his ever constant hushing. 8 Murray Bowen, a leading theorist of family systems, concurs: chronic alcoholism is a systemic rather than individual symptom, forThe dilemma of Compsoms family is that no one tries to eliminate this alcoholism for perhaps it glues the family in a bondage of misery, eliminating this might jeopardize the family unity . . Psychotherapist and researcher Stephanie Brown remarks that alcoholic families often attempt collectively to preserve an inherent contradiction ...The Compsons here can b compared to the alcoholism of Tyrone family in Long day's journey into night where it's the morphine addiction of the mother that binds the whole family together in a bond of concern and misery at the same time.Research in alcoholic families shows that how children takes up responsibility to become a stabilizing factor in the family by adopting some role in order to cope with the chaos as well as in order to give the family a more predictable routine. 10 The discussion of assigned role-playing is pervasive in psychological research on alcoholism. Most often, children deviseHere it's Quentin who plays the part of a hero, as the oldest child, and tries to compensate for the loss of family prestige because of his fathers abdication to responsibility and loss of control. As the afflicted parent's complement, the child over-performs to compensate the under-functioning of the parent and in this way child's achievements are usually won at great psychic loss in order to deflect attention form parent's perceived failure. In his childhood, Quentin's heroism in his family revolves around his academic achievements, his efforts supplying a compensatory role in a system distorted by his father's alcoholism. As his father is a notable failure in the world, his son is a remarkable success. This compensation of father and...

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