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Notes on Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!
Maxnotes: Absalom, Absalom!
Research & Education Association
The plot of the novel is reminiscent
of 2 Samuel 13-18, in which King Davids eldest son, Amnon,
has incestual relations with his sister Tamar. In retribution, their
brother Absalom kills Amnon. The title alludes specifically to 2
Samuel 18, in which David learns of Absaloms death by Joab:
And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young
man Absalom safe? And Cushi answered, The enemies of my lord the
king, and all that rise against thee to do thee hurt, be as that
young man is.
And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber
over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son
Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee,
O Absalom, my son, my son! (2 Sam 18: 32-33)
Names in bold face indicate major
or significant characters.
- Benbow, Judge
- Benbow, Percy
- Bon, Charles
Charles Etienne de saint Velery
- Bon, Eulalia
- Bond, Jim
General Jason Lycurgus, II
Jason Lycurgus, III
- Compson, Quentin
- de Spain, Major
- Hamblett, Jim
- Holston, Alexander
- Jones, Melicent
- Jones, Milly
- Jones, Wash
- Sutpen, Clytemnestra
- Sutpen, Henry
- Sutpen, Judith
- Sutpen, Thomas
- Willow, Colonel
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John B. “Absalom, Absalom!: Resources.” William Faulkner on the Web.
17 Aug. 2006.
Ed. John B. Padgett. U of Mississippi.
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