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William Faulkner The Sound And The Fury; This Is Comparison Between The Innocent And Experienced Characters In This Book.

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The innocence of the human mind and soul are all relative to the level of understanding we have of this world. While on the other hand, those who are wily, street-smart and crafty are those who are experienced; those who know what makes a human being function, what the ultimate desire of man is and know how to obtain and use this desire for their own benefit.Benjy, the thirty-three year old mentally disabled man in William Faulkner's The Sound and Fury, is perhaps the most innocent and harmless person in the book. His mind and heart are like that of a young child's; he has the utmost devotion to his sister, Caddy, and it is his innocence which prohibits him from understanding what goes on around him and in the lives of those who he lives with. His devious brother, Jason, who has a total disregard for the emotions of everyone, being capable of only feeling anger himself, is the head of the household and uses his position to torture and inflict pain upon every member of the household. The startling difference between the two brothers is like the difference between the blinding, bright, dazzling light of the sun, and the dark, somber, grey of the moon. Benjy is presented as a pure, innocent man-child, incapable of grasping the elementary events taking around him, but his powers of recollection are sharp and detailed. At the mere mention of his sister's name he is plunged into happy memories of playing with her, or he is sucked into the dark night when she lost her virginity and he could sense that something was not right. Benjy is not capable of distinguishing between good and bad; his emotions are wrought from those around him and his canny sense of smell. Benjy regularly associates the smell of leaves and trees with Caddy and when she puts on perfume, he is disturbed by the change and he is prevented by his lack of speech from telling her what is wrong. Only when Caddy washes herself is he able to come near her again.She put her arms around me again, but I went away ... "What is it, Benjy. What has Caddy done." ... I listened to the water ... She took up the bottle and took the stopper out and held it to my nose ... "Oh." She said. She put the bottle down and came and put her arms around me. "So that was it. And you were trying to tell Caddy and you couldn't tell her. You wanted to, but you couldn't, could you. Of course Caddy wont. Of course Caddy wont." ... She smelled like trees ... Caddy smelled like trees (41-43)What Benjy does not realize is that Caddy's tree-like smell, is a by-product of her not-so-innocent life, but arises from her adolescent way of life. Caddy regularly climbs out the window, during the night, by using a tree which is close to her bedroom window. It is her regular escapades which have lent her the smell of trees, a smell which Benjy finds pure and representative of his sister. On the night that Caddy loses her virginity, Benjy senses a different and unusual smell emanating from her. Of course, he does not realize what...

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