Dynamic Stagnation: An Analysis of Time and Loss in Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury
The story of The Sound and the Fury in a vacuum is certainly a tragic one; none of the characters end up in a better place than where they started. The characters are so emotionally scarred that their place in time becomes complicated, spiraling out of control into moments of near incomprehensibility. But through this turmoil emerges several compelling accounts of compassionate expression. By writing his characters into a temporal and emotional nightmare, Faulkner opens up new lines of interpretation for stories of loss and failure, including that of an ideologically wounded South.