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Caddy and Benjy's Metamorphosis

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Beatriz Domingues Ms. Landmark IB English A1 (HL) 05 November 2008 Caddy and Benjy's Metamorphosis Change is perhaps the most inevitable experience human beings can live through. By means of his novel The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner creates a microcosm of the Southern Aristocratic Society of post Civil War America by constructing the county of Yoknapatawpha. Faulkner represents archetypes of southern aristocratic figures and through them experiences change by means of the decay and corruption of the southern moral code these figures have once aggressively believed in. In the first section, change is evident in different proportions through Benjy's induction to alcohol and his alcoholic experience and through Caddy's physical image change portrayed by means of her wearing a dress and how this leads to a lack of tree smell recognized by Benjy and that solemnly in these pages can prove to be important to Benjy. Particularly on pages 40 and 41 of the first part of this novel, through the use of flashbacks, a clear naivet� motif and sensory diction, Faulkner demonstrates a slight corruption and change of Benjy and Caddy through Benjy's narration. ...read more.

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Caddy is the character experiencing change when she dresses herself differently and is reprimanded by her brothers. The evident change of scenes through flashbacks allows Faulkner to present various cases of the same problem and/or event and through this strengthen the reader's interpretation. He could have chose to do this through different manners but with the use of flashbacks, he lacks the formality of commencing a new paragraph and having to include context and any other information since he just initiates his new idea as seen. Faulkner, in this same passage, develops change through the motif of naivet� as he molds this change into a negative connotation. Using the innate ingenuity of humans, he shows how his characters in situations that differ in magnitude lose this condition. He begins expanding on this motif with Benjy and how he together with TP experiences a drinking episode. In this drinking episode, Benjy states that he begins making a sound and by solely stating "It made the sound", "by making the sound" and "throat made a sound", he proves himself unaware of the situation he is undergoing and hence na�ve to it. ...read more.

Conclusion

Perhaps Faulkner's greatest narration of change happens through Benjy who clearly cannot interpret his surroundings or happenings in his body like when "it starts making a sound" he cannot identify or comprehend. Through hearing a sound and feeling it at the same time, both garnered through the senses he is able to notice change. As he sees Caddy and smells her noticing he "couldn't smell trees anymore" change is once more perceptible and once more gained through his senses. It is through Benjy's senses together with his inability to interpret them in this section that Faulkner implicitly develops a negative change in his characters. Although Yoknapatawpha may only be an imaginary representation of a Southern reality, the universal theme of change is present. Faulkner in this section of the novel is able to stress change through many techniques, the most predominant being flashbacks, the motif of naivet� and his diction. Through two characters, Benjy and Caddy, he is able to show that the innate nature of characters suffers influence and inevitably change as does Benjy and Caddy in this passage. Change is truly the most inevitable experience humans beings face. ...read more.

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