The Failed Christ And His Re Birth; Christ Figures In The Sound And The Fury

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William Faulkner was a god-fearing man, and wrote to similar people. However, in his Magnum Opus, “The Sound and The Fury”, Faulner goes out of his way to take another look at the Christian faith, highlight the negatice aspects of Christ, and them contrasting them with the glory and holiness of the resurrection. In “The Sound and The Fury”, each one of the narrative characters represents a single aspect of a flawed Christ, while a simple the family caretaker, represents the glory and goodness of the resurrection and Christ’s light.
The reader encounters the first “Flawed Christ” in the form of Benji Compson, formerly Maury, who is widely held to be Christ the loving. Faulkner makes it ...view middle of the document...

The second brother, Quentin Compson, is clearly representative of Christ the Martyr. Quentin mentally weighed down by the sins of his family, repeating them constantly to himself, so much so that it devolves into a form of neurosis. Overtime, the knowledge of his family’s sins leads him to kill himself, but in his mind he views his death as for the betterment of the family. For Faulkner’s target audience, this would have highlighted him as a Christ figure; surely a Southern Baptist like Faulkner would have made connections between Quentin’s sacrifice for his family, and Jesus’s sacrifice for his family (as per 1 John 2:2, which reads And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world). In addition to this, Faulkner further links Quentin to Christ by setting his narrative on Good Friday, and by having entin die on good Friday, like Jesus himself did. The Christ in John, chapter 19 (The suffering Savior) is the closest to Quentin, but of course, Quentin is a failed Christ; through his sacrifice he solved nothing, unlike Jesus himself. Quentin’s failure is highlighted by the fact that his death, instead of resolving problems created more ; it is heavily implied that his father became an alcoholic after his death to deal with the grief. With this in mind, there can be no doubt that Quentin is not heavily linked to Jesus, but also a failure.
The third and final brother in “The Sound and The Fury” is Jason Compson, who represents that wrathful side of Jesus Christ. He is a direct parallel to the Christ who casts out the money-changers in the temple (Mark 11:15-17), and curses the fig tree (Mark 11:14); we see this in many places, but none more so prominent when he literally curses a tree during his narrative, shortly after getting ina heated exchange with several bankers. There can be no doubt that this parallel was intentional; Faulkner was a learned man, and was writing to...

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