Questions

Research mental retardation and discuss the accuracy of Faulkner’s portrayal of Benjy. Compare public attitudes toward mental impairment and illness today to the attitudes shown in Faulkner’s novel.

Discuss the importance of Dilsey’s role in the novel. What do you think is Faulkner saying about race relations in the book and how does his portrayal compare with current depictions of African Americans in literature or the media?

Find information about other cultures’ attitudes toward incest. Discuss the concept of incest as a taboo, and from both a moral and biological perspective.

Compare Faulkner’s style in The Sound and the Fury with James Joyce’s use of the subjective point of view in The Dubliners or A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.