Victims and Victimizers. White Mothers in Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury" and "As I lay Dying"

Analysis of White Southern Mother Characters and their Bad Influence on the Sons


Essay, 2015

10 Pages, Grade: 1,7


Abstract or Introduction

Faulkner has a continuing concern with relationships of son and mother. The mothers seem to always stand in the central position of the family and have a big influence on the destiny of the whole family. In this paper, I will discuss the white southern mothers’ role in the society and the family using Faulkner’s two most representative works as examples, namely “The Sound and the Fury” and “As I Lay Dying”: On the one hand, they are the evil force that traumatizes their sons and leads to the degeneration of the whole family; On the other hand, they are also the victims of the patriarchal society. They are victims and victimizers.

In order to find the connection between the mothers’ bad influence and the dysfunction of their sons, I will also analyze the sons’ psychological response because the loss of the maternal love. These victims, mothers and sons, can help us take a look at the change and decline of the old South from social and psychological perspectives.

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Title
Victims and Victimizers. White Mothers in Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury" and "As I lay Dying"
Subtitle
Analysis of White Southern Mother Characters and their Bad Influence on the Sons
College
University of Göttingen
Grade
1,7
Author
Year
2015
Pages
10
Catalog Number
V350583
ISBN (eBook)
9783668372924
ISBN (Book)
9783668372931
File size
590 KB
Language
English
Keywords
Faulkner
Quote paper
Zeqi Zhao (Author), 2015, Victims and Victimizers. White Mothers in Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury" and "As I lay Dying", Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/350583

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