John Sartoris

Display Name: 
John Sartoris
Sort Name: 
Sartoris, John
AKA: 
Colonel Sartoris
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Secondary
Vitality: 
Alive
Family: 
Sartoris
Occupation: 
Armed Forces
Specific Job: 
Confederate Officer
Biography: 

John Sartoris is a major figure - perhaps the major figure - in Yoknapatawpha history and the Yoknapatawpha fictions as a group. Much in his biography derives from the life of William Falkner, the author's great-grandfather - including the details mentioned in the first paragraph of this story, that after he was "voted out of the colonelcy" of the Confederate regiment he raised, he returned to Mississippi and "organized [a] troop" of irregulars (667). He plays a minor role in "My Grandmother Millard," but helps establish the tone by "laughing" at Granny's efforts to save the family treasure (667), and offers a kind of moral when, "after it was all over," he tells Bayard that people fighting with a "will for freedom . . . could not be defeated" (672).

Individual or Group: 
Individual
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