The Compson Family’s Disintegration

“Love’s pleasure lasts but a moment; love’s sorrow lasts all through life” (O’Connor). Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian’s words apply to the actions of William Faulkner’s characters in his The Sound and the Fury and convey love—and reasons to pursue it—as well as the timeless duration of the effects of love. Benjy, Quentin, Jason, and Dilsey …

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