The Sound and the Fury

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Shanee Devane

October 9, 2015

One of the basic concerns in The Sound and the Fury is the absence of love in the Compson family. Traditionally in a home the mother is the typical love giving force. Mrs. Compson is a total failure and, and the exact opposite of everything a mother should be. She gives no love to any of her offspring, and her daughter Candace must assume the mother role. Benjy the youngest child of the Compsons is mentally retarded, and is completely rejected by his mother. Mrs. Compson goes as far as changing his name from her brother’s name to Benjamin so no shame will be brought upon the family. Mrs. Compson only views Benjy as some form of punishment and cannot relate to him in any way. Her reactions to him leave Benjy helpless, and the burden of motherhood is thrust onto his older sister Cadence. Mrs. Compsons incapacity to try and relate with Benjy is so intense she tries to interfere with Caddys’ relationship with him. The mother is always making remarks about why Caddy cares for him such as “You don’t need to bother with him.” He is like a diseased extension of her that she wishes did not exist. Whenever she tries to help with Benjy he only bellows louder. Benjy is not taken up with her false displays of affection, and he is aware that they are only meaningless gestures. Although Mrs. Compson rejects Benjy, Caddy lovingly offers to help with him. Therefore at a very early age she performs the functions of a mother. Caddy would rush to ask her father is she could be in charge of her brothers at times, and she would relish in this position of authority and…...

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