Grandfather Compson

Display Name: 
Grandfather Compson
Sort Name: 
Compson, Grandfather
AKA: 
General Compson
Jason Lycurgus Compson II
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Dead
Cause of Death: 
Old Age
Biography: 

His first name is not given in this novel, but he appears in quite a few other Yoknapatawpha texts, and several of them, including the "Appendix" to The Sound and the Fury that Faulkner published in 1946, identify the full name of the paternal grandfather of the Compson children as "Jason Lycurgus Compson." He is the second Compson with that name; there are two more who appear in the novel: his son Mr. Compson, and Mr. and Mrs. Compson's third child, who is Jason IV. The Appendix also identifies Jason II as the son of Quentin II, who was a Governor of Mississippi before the Civil War. "Grandfather," as Quentin calls him, served in the Confederate army as a General. Quentin associates him with Colonel Sartoris, and idealizes the time in which that older generation lived. In many texts it is clear that he lived long enough for Quentin to know him personally, but that is not obvious in The Sound and the Fury.

Note: 
Old South, Civil War Veteran, Patriarchy, Gentry
Property Status: 
owns land
owns house
Financial Status: 
controls substantial wealth
Social Status: 
has influential social contacts (family, business, political)
Individual or Group: 
Individual
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