Monaghan, Grandfather of Buck

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Monaghan, Grandfather of Buck
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White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Lower Class
Rank: 
Peripheral
Vitality: 
Dead
Origin: 
Ireland
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This is one of Faulkner's characters who are defined by absence and indeterminancy. When the aviator Monaghan explains his "Shanty Irish" origins, he gives a memorable description of his father, but he cannot trace his ancestry before that: other than saying his father came "out of a peat bog," which suggests the Irish peasantry, Monaghan claims, "I don’t know what my grandfather was. I don’t know if I had one. My father don’t remember one. Likely it could have been one of several" (415).

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Irish
Individual or Group: 
Individual
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