Ike McCaslin's Father

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Ike McCaslin's Father
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McCaslin, Father of Ike
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Theophilus McCaslin
Uncle Buck
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Peripheral
Vitality: 
Dead
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McCaslin
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The details that this story provides about Ike's father differ substantially from the way he is characterized elsewhere in Faulkner's fiction. In Go Down, Moses (1942), the man whom this story refers to simply as Ike's "father" is named Theophilus (Uncle Buck) McCaslin, and in The Unvanquished (1838) it's clear that it was his twin brother Amodeus (Uncle Buddy) who went to the Civil War, fighting as a cavalryman in Colonel Sartoris' troop while Buck stayed in Yoknapatawpha. But in "Delta Autumn" the unnamed man who is referred to as Ike's "father" did fight, as a cavalryman under Major de Spain (273) - or as Ike puts it, "my pappy" was one of the men who "tried once to tear [the U.S.] in two with a war" (269).

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