Thomas Sutpen

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Display Name: 
Thomas Sutpen
Sort Name: 
Sutpen, Thomas
AKA: 
Kernel, Old Sutpen
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Dies
Family: 
Sutpen
Occupation: 
Management
Specific Job: 
Plantation Owner; Store Owner
Date of Birth: 
Saturday, January 31, 1807 to Thursday, December 31, 1807
Origin: 
West Virginia
Cause of Death: 
Murder
Real?: 
No
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Biography: 

Thomas Sutpen is the central character in Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!, where readers learn that while he was the largest plantation owner in Yoknapatawpha, he was born to a poor white family in the mountains of Virginia. In the story "Wash" he appears only as the plantation aristocrat who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War, earning the title "Colonel." In both the story and the later novel, Sutpen becomes obsessed with producing a male heir for his estate, an unsuccessful quest that leads to his demise.

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