The Novels of William Faulkner.

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'"'I couldn"'"t smell trees anymore'"'

The title of The Sound and the Fury is based on lines in Macbeth, by William Shakespeare;

'"'Life"'"s just a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage

And then is heard no more; it is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury

Signifying nothing.'"'

According to this Benjy, the narrator of this section of the book, is the idiot who is telling the tale, but Benjy is far from being an idiot. He seems to be able to sense everything through smell; many of these things are things that can"'"t be detected by anyone else.

The following phrase in Faulkner"'"s The Sound and the Fury alludes to many things throughout the entire novel;

'"'...Caddy put her arms around me, and her shining veil, and I couldn"'"t smell trees anymore, and I began to cry'"' (p.40)

When this quote takes place Benjy, Quentin, and T.P. are drunk at Caddy"'"s wedding off of sarsaparilla. T.P. puts a box up to the window so that Benjy can see Caddy at her wedding. He starts crying and yelling so T.P. and Quentin try to get him back in the cellar. In the process the fall down the stairs and T.P. and Quentin end up fighting. Caddie comes in and hugs Benjy, but she doesn"'"t smell like trees anymore so he cries.

This sentence is very disjointed which shows the stream-of-consciousness of a mentally handicapped person. Beginning the last three clauses with "'"and"'" is a rhetorical device called anaphora. This method draws attention to each individual clause and prevents them from running together. This repetition of "'"and"'" is also a polysyndeton, which is the repetition of conjunctions.

The first clause in this sentence, '"'Caddy put her...