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The Sound And The Fury Essay

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A teenaged Negro boy named Luster spends his Saturday watching after Benjy, a severely retarded descendent of the aristocratic Compson family of Jefferson, Mississippi. It is Benjy's thirty-third birthday. Luster takes him around the Compson property, looking for a quarter that he lost, which he intends to use to buy a ticket to the show that has come to Jefferson that weekend. They wander by the golf course, by the stream branch where Benjy plays in the water, near the swing (where Miss Quentin is lounging with the man with the red tie), and into the house, where Luster's mother Dilsey, the Compsons' cook, is making dinner. Dilsey gives Benjy some birthday cake, after which Luster takes Benjy into the library to play. Jason Compson, Benjy's brother and head of the household, comes in, irritated that Benjy is in his presence. At a tense dinner, Jason is sharp with Miss Quentin, and Mrs. Compson, Jason and Benjy's mother, is overwhelmed by a highly vocal self-pity.Time and experience are unstable and off-kilter in Benjy's mind. Everywhere Benjy and Luster travel throughout the day things Benjy sees and hears cause him to re-experience past events in his mind, and he seems to have no clear idea that there is a difference between those past events and his present experience. So when he hears a golfer call for his caddie, Benjy is suddenly back in a scene with his sister Caddy; when he sees the family carriage, he is suddenly a little boy riding in the carriage with his mother. Benjy's flashbacks leap wildly through time, but they tend to revolve around a few specific events and periods in Benjy's life.On the day Benjy's grandmother Damuddy died, Benjy, a very young boy, played in the stream branch with Caddy, Jason, and their older brother Quentin, with whom Caddy was extremely close. The children's Negro attendant, Versh, told Caddy she would get whipped for getting her dress wet, so she took her dress off. But she got mud on her underclothes. As punishment, Dilsey later refused to let Caddy wash the mud off. Back at the house, Jason told their father that Caddy and Quentin had splashed each other in the stream; the children are told that their parents have company, and that they will have to eat dinner in the kitchen. They go outside into the late evening, and are told by the Negroes that their parents are having a funeral inside. Caddy climbs a tree to spy on the adults through the window, but sees nothing exciting. Dilsey finds them and takes Caddy out of the tree, takes the children indoors, and puts them all to bed in the same unfamiliar room.In that scene, Benjy is continually called Maury (which is confusing, since the children also have an Uncle Maury). It turns out that Benjy was originally named Maury, but that when his parents realized his retardation, they changed his name to Benjamin. Inside the house in 1928, Benjy flashes back occasionally to the day his name was changed, remembering the sound of the rain and the flickering of the...

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