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YARN OF ABSALOM ABSALOM There are many unanswered questions concerning the novel Absalom Absalom what exactly its author intended to get across through it or what he actually did with it Many critics believe he just never reached a single and final intention so he just left the final authorities in question and he may have liked it that way Parker 16 While others believe he was just careless and forgetful leaving dangling ends with the elements of earlier designs that obtrude themselves on what appears as a finished fabric Brooks 302 They also believe that he wrote contradictory passages that disturbed the consistency and coherency of the novel and still others believe it to be his greatest work Parker cover Even so William Faulkners narration whether internal or external in the novel Absalom Absalom has caused much controversy and has mystified some of the best critics as well as many readers To truly begin to understand Faulkners narrative in Absalom Absalom one must first understand the history behind it This novel begun in Oxford Mississippi around 1933 or 1934 was written in a bombastic and learned language with a passionate immersion in the past It was set from the 1820s until around 1910 at Harvard Yale and Oxford in Mississippi New Orleans Virginia and Haiti This novel is also the sixth of Faulkners novels set in the imaginary Yoknapatawpha County and is considered by many to partly be a sequel to The Sound and the Fury Although these two novels may be related they do not rely on each other However some concerns that appear in The Sound and the Fury are echoed in Absalom Absalom An important part of the novels history involves the economy and local Indians in Mississippi Faulkners land in north Mississippi had been home to the Chickasaw Indians in the early 19th century and they appear frequently throughout much of his fiction and even turn up briefly in Absalom
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