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Shakespeare In The Sound And The Fury

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Shakespeare in the Sound and the Fury

 

The "Tomorrow" soliloquy in Act V, scene v of the Shakespearean

tragedy Macbeth provides central theme and imagery for The Sound and

the Fury.  Faulkner may or may not agree with this bleak, nihilistic

characterization of life, but he does examine the characterization

extensively.

 

            Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow

            Creeps in this petty pace from day to day

            To the last syllable of recorded time;

            And all our yesterdays have lighted fools

            The way to dusty death.  Out, out brief candle!

            Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,

            That struts and frets his hour upon the stage

            And then is heard no more.  It is a tale

            Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

            Signifying nothing (Shakespeare 177-8).

           

The passage suggests man is mortal while time is immortal.  Time

maintains its pace independently of man's actions; it creeps through

man-made institutions eventually leading to man's death.  However,

time maintains indifference towards man.  Life spans are infinitesimal

in comparison to the smallest division of time.  In reality, the

significance man ascribes to human existence is false: life has no

significance.  Life is merely a brief episode of strutting and

fretting, "full of sound and fury, . . . signifying nothing."

 

Every section of the Sound and the Fury relates to Macbeth's speech.

Each narrator presents life as "full of sound and fury," represented

in futile actions and dialogue.  Benjy, Quentin, Jason, and Dilsey all

emit constant words and demeanor of frustration and anger, all

accomplishing nothing.  Each character also approaches the inescapable

concept of time from a different angle.  Essentially, each section of

the work addresses Macbeth's nihilism from a contrasting perspective.

 

Benjy is an idiot by definition, a human with such a low IQ that he

cannot sustain life on his own.  His idiocy liberates him from time

constraints.  Benjy cannot distinguish the present from the past,

memory from current action, illusions from realities.  In the present

time when his section elapses, Benjy believes he perceives his sister

Caddy who has left nearly fifteen years prior.  Benjy's life lies on a

foundation of misconception; he relies on others (Versh, T.P., and

Luster) to sustain its existence.  Thus, Benjy is a quintessential

example of the "poor player" Macbeth describes.  Benjy basks in a

brief life of complete insignificance and then "is heard no more."

Furthermore, Benjy's life is full of sound and fury: he moans

incessantly - sound.  Benjy moans in remembrance, in frustration, in

anger, in hunger; he moans for everything - fury.  Even Benjy's

bellowing, the greatest attempt he...

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