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Set, like many of Faulkner's stories, in Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, it is the story of the rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen, who comes to Mississippi to build the next great American dynasty in the decades before, during, and after UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar. Sutpen's story is told by various characters to [[Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury Quentin Compson]] shortly before he leaves for Harvard, and Quentin then retells some of it to his roommate [[spoiler: before Quentin kills himself, an act detailed in ''The Sound and the Fury'']].

The title comes from the biblical story of Absalom, a son of King David who [[spoiler: murdered his half-brother Amnon, much as Henry Sutpen murders his own illegitimate half-brother Charles Bon in Faulkner's tale.]]

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Set, like many of Faulkner's stories, in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, it is the story of the rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen, who comes to Mississippi to build the next great American dynasty in the decades before, during, and after UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar. Sutpen's story is told by various characters to [[Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury Quentin Compson]] shortly before he leaves for Harvard, and Quentin then retells some of it to his roommate [[spoiler: before Quentin kills himself, an act detailed in ''The Sound and the Fury'']].

The title comes from the biblical ([[Literature/BooksOfSamuel 2 Samuel]]) story of Absalom, a son of King David who [[spoiler: murdered his half-brother Amnon, much as Henry Sutpen murders his own illegitimate half-brother Charles Bon in Faulkner's tale.]]]]



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* IncestIsRelative: [[spoiler: The reason Charles cannot marry Judith is because he is her half-brother, and Sutpen's illegitimate son]].
* IWillWaitForYou: Judith to Charles

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* IncestIsRelative: [[spoiler: The reason Charles cannot marry Judith is because he is her half-brother, and Sutpen's illegitimate son]].
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%%* IWillWaitForYou: Judith to Charles


Set, like many of Faulkner's stories, in Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, it is the story of the rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen, who comes to Mississippi to build the next great American dynasty in the decades before, during, and after UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar. Sutpen's story is told by various characters to [[Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury Quentin Compson]] shortly before he leaves for Harvard, and Quentin then retells some of it to his roommate [[spoiler: before Quentin kills himself, as detailed in ''The Sound and the Fury'']].

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Set, like many of Faulkner's stories, in Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, it is the story of the rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen, who comes to Mississippi to build the next great American dynasty in the decades before, during, and after UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar. Sutpen's story is told by various characters to [[Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury Quentin Compson]] shortly before he leaves for Harvard, and Quentin then retells some of it to his roommate [[spoiler: before Quentin kills himself, as an act detailed in ''The Sound and the Fury'']].


It details the rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen, a poor white man who comes to Mississippi to build his fortune. The events of the novel are partially related by [[Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury Quentin Compson]] to his roommate at Harvard, shortly before [[spoiler: Quentin kills himself]].

The plot spans several decades before, during, and after the civil war, describing the intertwined fates of several southern families.

The title comes from the biblical story of Absalom, a son of David, and refers to the ultimate fate of the Sutpens.

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It details Set, like many of Faulkner's stories, in Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, it is the story of the rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen, a poor white man who comes to Mississippi to build his fortune. The events of the novel are partially related next great American dynasty in the decades before, during, and after UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar. Sutpen's story is told by various characters to [[Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury Quentin Compson]] shortly before he leaves for Harvard, and Quentin then retells some of it to his roommate at Harvard, shortly before [[spoiler: before Quentin kills himself]].

The plot spans several decades before, during,
himself, as detailed in ''The Sound and after the civil war, describing the intertwined fates of several southern families.

Fury'']].

The title comes from the biblical story of Absalom, a son of David, and refers to the ultimate fate of the Sutpens.King David who [[spoiler: murdered his half-brother Amnon, much as Henry Sutpen murders his own illegitimate half-brother Charles Bon in Faulkner's tale.]]



* BrotherSisterIncest: It's vaguely implied that Henry has a thing for his sister Judith, as well as the fact that [[spoiler: Charles is Judith's half-brother]]. Also there's Quentin.

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* BrotherSisterIncest: It's vaguely implied that Henry has a thing for his sister Judith, as well as the fact that [[spoiler: Charles is Judith's half-brother]]. Also Also, there's Quentin.

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''Absalom, Absalom!'' is a novel by Creator/WilliamFaulkner, possibly the most dense of his works, and is [[DoorStopper very long]]. It details the rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen, a poor white man who comes to Mississippi to build his fortune. The events of the novel are partially related by [[Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury Quentin Compson]] to his roommate at Harvard, shortly before [[spoiler: Quentin kills himself]].

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''Absalom, Absalom!'' is a 1936 novel by Creator/WilliamFaulkner, possibly Creator/WilliamFaulkner. Possibly the most dense of his works, and is it's also [[DoorStopper very long]]. long]].

It details the rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen, a poor white man who comes to Mississippi to build his fortune. The events of the novel are partially related by [[Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury Quentin Compson]] to his roommate at Harvard, shortly before [[spoiler: Quentin kills himself]].


''Absalom, Absalom!'' is a novel by WilliamFaulkner, possibly the most dense of his works, and is [[DoorStopper very long]]. It details the rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen, a poor white man who comes to Mississippi to build his fortune. The events of the novel are partially related by [[Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury Quentin Compson]] to his roommate at Harvard, shortly before [[spoiler: Quentin kills himself]].

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''Absalom, Absalom!'' is a novel by WilliamFaulkner, Creator/WilliamFaulkner, possibly the most dense of his works, and is [[DoorStopper very long]]. It details the rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen, a poor white man who comes to Mississippi to build his fortune. The events of the novel are partially related by [[Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury Quentin Compson]] to his roommate at Harvard, shortly before [[spoiler: Quentin kills himself]].


* IncestIsRelative: [[spoiler: The reason Charles cannot marry Judith is because he is her half-brother, and Sutpen's illigitemate son]].

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* IncestIsRelative: [[spoiler: The reason Charles cannot marry Judith is because he is her half-brother, and Sutpen's illigitemate illegitimate son]].


* HoYay: Henry is a bit too obsessed with Charles, and it's vaguely implied that he has sexual feelings for him.


''Absalom, Absalom!'' is a novel by WilliamFaulkner, possibly the most dense of his works, and is [[DoorStopper very long]]. It details the rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen, a poor white man who comes to Mississippi to build his fortune. The events of the novel are partially related by [[TheSoundAndTheFury Quentin Compson]] to his roommate at Harvard, shortly before [[spoiler: Quentin kills himself]].

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''Absalom, Absalom!'' is a novel by WilliamFaulkner, possibly the most dense of his works, and is [[DoorStopper very long]]. It details the rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen, a poor white man who comes to Mississippi to build his fortune. The events of the novel are partially related by [[TheSoundAndTheFury [[Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury Quentin Compson]] to his roommate at Harvard, shortly before [[spoiler: Quentin kills himself]].

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* HoYay: Henry is a bit too obsessed with Charles, and it's vaguely implied that he has sexual feelings for him.


* HoYay: Henry is a bit too obsessed with Charles, and it's vaguely implied that he has sexual feelings for him.

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* PunnyName: Rosa Coldfield, forever a virgin.


* MixedMarriage: Sutpen renounces his marriage to a plantation owner's daughter after finding out she has black blood.

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* MixedMarriage: MalignedMixedMarriage: Sutpen renounces his marriage to a plantation owner's daughter after finding out she has black blood.

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