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Oftentimes in literature a certain theme is established to be considered while reading the writing These themes are used to remind the reader about the background of the book or to express a message throughout the book Some books have more than one theme to express more than one message In the book Absalom Absalom by William Faulkner there are three major theme shown in the book Set in the South after the Civil War the themes in the book are social status incest and racism These theme are constantly shown throughout the plot The setting of the book is West Virginia right after the War Between the States The book tells a story about Thomas Sutpen the son of a poor white in western Virginia who has a grand design and the effect his actions have on future generations in Yoknapatawpha County As an adolescent Thomas moved with his family from the mountains to the Tidewater region of Virginia and he saw for the first time wealthy planters who owned grand houses and Negro slaves Ignorant of the aristocratic Southern social code prevalent in his new home he believed himself equal to his new neighbors until a chance errand taught him otherwise When delivering a message to a plantation house a liveried black servant told him to go around to the back of the house thus destroying his nave view of life Realizing for the first time his true social stature he decided to fight fire with fire he determined to amass wealth slaves and land for himself--in short to create his design He decided to grow out of his label of white trash To begin amassing his fortune he ran away to the West Indies where he secured a job for a Haitian sugar planter After heroically defending the plantation during a slave revolt he married the planters daughter Eulalia in 1827 Soon after the birth of their son Charles Sutpen discovered
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