Jefferson Cemetery in The Sound and the Fury (Location)

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Cemetery
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Cemetery
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Faulkner map
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Description: 

There are quite a few different burial grounds around the county in the various Yoknapatawpha fictions, but (like the Sartorises and Addie Bundren and her family) the Compsons, or at least Mr. Compson and Quentin, are buried in Jefferson's main cemetery, located on the opposite side of town from their house. It is landscaped with cedars. The bodies in it are racially segregated; during his father's funeral Jason seeks solitude by "going on back toward the nigger graveyard" (202). Going to visit the family graves is a regular Sunday ritual for Mrs. Compson and Benjy, though on the trip there that the novel ends with Benjy is alone, and the carriage never gets to the cemetery.

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Site of Event
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Continuous
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