General Compson

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Display Name: 
General Compson
Sort Name: 
Compson, General
AKA: 
Jason Lycurgus Compson II
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Dead
Family: 
Compson
Family (new): 
Occupation: 
Armed Forces
Specific Job: 
Confederate Officer
Cause of Death: 
Old Age
Biography: 

General Compson (best known as the grandfather of Quentin, Caddy, Jason and Benjy in The Sound and the Fury and as Thomas Sutpen's one friend in Absalom, Absalom!) appears in The Reivers as part of the comedy of Boon's life story. It is because Compson needs help finding his way back to the hunting camp that Boon becomes attached to the upper class De Spain, McCaslin/Priest and Compson families. General Compson's war record is briefly mentioned: he "commanded troops not too unsuccessfully" at Shiloh and in front of Atlanta (20). But in this novel his main role is to "get lost" in the woods, a problem that grows worse when "his hearing begins to fail" (20).

Social Status: 
has influential social contacts (family, business, political)
Disability: 
audio impaired
Individual or Group: 
Individual
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