Courthouse Square in The Sound and the Fury (Location)

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Display Label: 
Courthouse Square and Statue
Type: 
Courthouse
Authority : 
Faulkner map
X: 
1290
Y: 
810
Description: 

The county courthouse sits in the center of a square in the center of Jefferson. It is also spatially, politically and socially the center of Yoknapatawpha, and appears in many of the fictions Faulkner sets in the county. We use this location for scenes that take place in unspecified places in town, like the Jefferson streets Jason spends so much of his section driving or chasing through. But in The Sound and the Fury the courthouse and statue also are the site of very specific events. The location appears most prominently, for example, in the novel's final scene. As Luster, driving the Compson carriage, approaches the statue of "the Confederate soldier gazing with empty eyes" on his monument (319), he decides to turn left around the courthouse instead of right, throwing Benjy's world into chaos for the last time in the text. But in another suggestive reference, Jason thinks bitterly about the four clocks atop the courthouse and the pigeon droppings that have to be cleaned out of them "every year" (247).

Role: 
Site of Event
Status: 
Continuous
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