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Where was the material for the trousseau from? Did Ellen Sutpen approve of Judith’s betrothal? What insect does Ellen Sutpen resemble? Who narrates Chapter Three? Why is the narration in Chapter Three suspect in authenticity? How is the future foreshadowed at the end of this chapter? Answers The end result of the interaction between Thomas Sutpen and Mr. Coldfield was that Mr. Coldfield shut himself in the attic for an unknown reason. Miss Rosa fed her father during the Civil War years by taking food from their closed grocery store and placing it in a basket which he then pulled up through a window in the attic.
Like Joyce and Eliot, Faulkner omits punctuation, uses compound adjectives, makes up words (like “nothusband”), and continually sacrifices clarity to the rhythms and cadences of poetry. Consequently, it is important, especially on a first reading, to read the text closely, out loud if possible. This will make understanding the novel much easier. Most of the main themes are introduced in the first chapter and the unfolding story gradually takes on a mythic quality. It is a tale remembered in many different ways by different people, the whole of which eventually functions as an analogy of the rise and fall of the American South and the economic system of slavery.
How would it have been if things had worked out the other way around—if the evil man had been changed by the good man? Follow the transformation of Ellen Sutpen as outlined in this chapter. Why is it tragic? Much of the happiness that people experience in this section will turn out to be ephemeral. Write an essay describing the time shifts and foreshadowings that illuminate what you know so far about the past, the present, and the future of one of Faulkner’s people. Describe Faulkner’s various narrative techniques that he uses in Absalom, Absalom!