I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all your breath trying to conquer it.
I have never been so confused while reading a book.
Part 1, of the “Sound and the Fury” by William Faulkner focuses on the point of view of Benjy. Benjy who is the mentally challenged and youngest member of the family, is considered a source of grief and shame for the Compson’s.
What is unique about Benjy’s point of view are his unbiased opinions of the other characters, and his stream of thought.
But walking away from this chapter, I need a large glass of hot tea, and a therapist, because the Compson family has problems!
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Macbeth Act V scene 5
(Before I begin Faulkner’s estate please don’t sue me!)
The written word is crazy. It can make us laugh one minute and cry profusely the next. That what I’m studying here. Not studying as much as trying to understand. Over the next three months before my high school graduation, I am going to be working my way through the AP reading list and at the same time trying to read as many of William Faulkner’s works as possible.
This isn’t an alternate form of Sparknotes, Cliffnotes, or whatever else the internet may cook up. Rather it is a way to challenge myself, and stay accountable for my reading, working through arguably one of the best writers of the 20th century, and viciously attack the AP Reading List before the exam in three months. Get ready for the random.
So…lets get started