Colonel Sartoris

Character Key: 
Display Name: 
Colonel Sartoris
Sort Name: 
Sartoris, Colonel
AKA: 
John Sartoris
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Dead
Family: 
Sartoris
Occupation: 
Armed Forces
Specific Job: 
Confederate Colonel
Origin: 
United States
Biography: 

Legendary progenitor of the Sartoris family, and one of the central characters in the Yoknapatawpha fictions. In the story Faulkner tells about him elsewhere, he was killed fifteen or more years before the Compson children were born. In The Sound and the Fury he appears only once, when Quentin thinks nostalgically of the past, an older South than the one he was born into, when his grandfather (Colonel Sartoris' contemporary and a fellow Confederate officer) occupied "a high place" from which they could look "beyond the cedars" and see something that apparently Quentin himself cannot (176).

Note: 
Civil War, Lost Cause, Old South,
Property Status: 
owns land
owns house
owns slaves
Financial Status: 
controls substantial wealth
Social Status: 
has influential social contacts (family, business, political)
Individual or Group: 
Individual
Character changes class in this text: 
Family: 
SartorisesInSF

digyok:node/character/4013