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Absalom Absalom An Innovative Narrative Technique Eng 413 Major Authors William Faulkner Friday December 06 1996 Guilt should be viewed through the eyes of more than one person southern or otherwise William Faulkner filters the story Absalom Absalom through several minds providing the reader with a dilution of its representation Miss Rosa frustrated lonely mad is unable to answer her own questions concerning Sutpens motivation Mr Compson sees much of the evil and the illusion of romanticism of the evil that turned Southern ladies into ghosts Charles Bon and Henry Sutpen are evaluated for their motives through Quentin Compson and Shreve McCannon Quentin attempt to evade his awareness Shreve the outsider with Quentins help reconstructs the story and understands the meaning of Thomas Sutpens life In the novel Absalom Absalom a multiple consciousness technique is used to reassess the process of historical reconstruction by the narrators Chapter one is the scene in which Miss Rosa tells Quentin about the early days in Sutpens life Its here that Rosa explains to Quentin why she wanted to visit old mansion on this day She is the one narrator that is unable to view Sutpen objectively The first chapter serves as merely an introduction to the history of Sutpen based on what Miss Rosa heard as a child and her brief personal experiences The narration of Absalom Absalom can be considered a coded activity Faulkner creates the complex narration beginning at chapter 2 It ironic that one of Faulkners greatest novels is one in which the author only appears as the teller of the story in one brief section The details of the heros arrival Thomas Sutpen into Jefferson in chapter 2 Although Faulkner sets the scene up in each section The omniscient narrator most of the novel is delivered through a continual flow of talk via the narrators Quentin
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