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I couldnt smell trees anymore The title of The Sound and the Fury is based on lines in Macbeth by William Shakespeare Lifes just 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 According to this Benjy the narrator of this section of the book is the idiot who is telling the tale but Benjy is far from being an idiot He seems to be able to sense everything through smell many of these things are things that cant be detected by anyone else The following phrase in Faulkners The Sound and the Fury alludes to many things throughout the entire novel Caddy put her arms around me and her shining veil and I couldnt smell trees anymore and I began to cry p40 When this quote takes place Benjy Quentin and TP are drunk at Caddys wedding off of sarsaparilla TP puts a box up to the window so that Benjy can see Caddy at her wedding He starts crying and yelling so TP and Quentin try to get him back in the cellar In the process the fall down the stairs and TP and Quentin end up fighting Caddie comes in and hugs Benjy but she doesnt smell like trees anymore so he cries This sentence is very disjointed which shows the stream-of-consciousness of a mentally handicapped person Beginning the last three clauses with and is a rhetorical device called anaphora This method draws attention to each individual clause and prevents them from running together This repetition of and is also a polysyndeton which is the repetition of conjunctions The first clause in this sentence Caddy put her arms around me is the most positive clause in this sentence Caddy is the person who Benjy trusts and loves more than anyone else We
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