Caddy

Character Key: 
Display Name: 
Caddy
Sort Name: 
Compson, Caddy
Parent: 
AKA: 
Candace
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Family: 
Compson
Family (new): 
Origin: 
Yoknapatawpha
Real?: 
No
Biography: 

Caddy - or as her mother calls her, "Candace" (293) - is the second of the three Compson children in this story: the younger sister of Quentin and the older sister of Jason. (In the earlier novel The Sound and the Fury there are four children, but Benjy, the youngest, does not appear here). As the narrator Quentin does not describe his sister, but in her words and actions Caddy here displays the same brassy and intrepid personality she had in The Sound and the Fury, commanding Nancy to work and teasing Jason about being scared of the dark. Given the role her sexuality plays in the novel, it is ironic that here she is still too young to understand the adult conversations about sex and pregnancy out of wedlock, or the fears that haunt Nancy as a result of her sexuality.

Individual or Group: 
Individual
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