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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 Lifes 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 Macbeth Vv18-27 These Shakespearean verses lend William Faulkner the title of this novel and speak of the philosophy behind it In this soliloquy Macbeth implies that the life is only a shadow of the past He idealizes the greatness of the past and expresses his inability as a modern man to achieve that greatness Faulkner reinterprets this idea comment Phillips Johnson implying that if man does not choose to take his own life as Quentin does the only alternatives are to become either a cynic and materialist like Jason or an idiot like Benjy unable to see life as anything more than a meaningless series of images sounds and memories1 The three Compson brothers reveal their perspectives through their streams of consciousness in the first three sections of the novel The fourth section is the perspective of the narrator Before we attempt to compare the first two sections of the novels ie the perspectives of Benjy and Quentin we must not forget the conclusion of Donald Kartiganer as he analyses the form of the novel None of the four tales speak to another each imagined order cancels out the one that precedes it Truth is the meaningless sum of four items that seem to have no business being added Benjy plus Quentin plus Jason plus the narrator You bring them together he quotes Faulkner andnothing happens 2 Benjy Compson is a mentally retarded thirty year old man at the time of narration Although he can not speak
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