Unnamed Boy's Father

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Unnamed Boy's Father
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Unnamed Boy's Father
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Management
Specific Job: 
Planter
Origin: 
Yoknapatawpha
Biography: 

In the earliest known formulation of this character’s identity, the unnamed father is Mr. Compson. In a surviving seventeen-page typescript for “The Old People,” for instance, the father is referred to as “Mr. Compson,” presumably the father of Benjy, Caddy, Quentin and Jason. By July 1941, when Faulkner began work on the fifth section of Go Down, Moses, the father had become Lucius Quintus Carothers McCaslin and his young son, Isaac "Ike" McCaslin. In this magazine version, which was adapted from that manuscript, the character has no name at all, although it is clear that he belongs to Yoknapatawpha's upper-class and owns a farm outside of Jefferson. He goes hunting every November with Major de Spain, old General Compson, Walter Ewell, and Boon Hogganbeck.

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