The Ending: The Sound and the Fury

November 7, 2010

We know that the Compson family has lost its honorable place in the Southern high class of society. Caddy is never given the opportunity to speak but her presents and life have affected all the Compson men. She never really did them intentional harm but they were all effected by her due to their own defects. For Benjy, she represents a sense of order, something missing in his life as a retarded man. Quentin is neurotic about his reaction to Caddy’s pregnancy and it drives him to suicide. Jason blames Caddy for his failure to get a job at the bank that Caddy’s husband had promised him because Caddy divorces him. Mr. Compson set the stage for the failure of the Compson men because he constantly tolerated his wife’s self-pity and dependent nature.
In terms of the ending there are no real conclusions to the story. The reader is left wondering what happens next in the characters’ lives. The only person who remains a constant, positive presence is Dilsey. We never find out what happens to Miss Quentin, Jason or Miss Caddy. They only thing that we are sure of is the consistency of Dilsey. As far as we know, she will continue helping the family as she always has done in a true Christian spirit.

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