Ann Brennan is receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Religious Studies. After her graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to further her studies in English. The Honors Program has provided Ann with an opportunity to work closely with faculty and to broaden her boundaries of interpretation. This thesis would not exist were it not for the dedication and encouragement of Dr. William Conlogue. He carefully read Ann’s argument and offered insights that pushed her thoughts to a level that she never thought possible. Throughout the research and writing process, he made suggestions that allowed Ann to see not only her topic, but also herself from a new perspective. For all this, and for putting up with her for the past year, Ann is extremely grateful to Dr. Conlogue. Sr. Gail Cabral read the entire thesis and provided vital advice and important ideas for further study. Her suggestions stimulated new ideas and encouraged Ann to look deeper into her sub-topic of the connection between religion and meaning, for this Sr. Gail deserves a huge thank you. Ann is thankful to Dr. Ann Bush for her guidance from day one. Ann would like to thank Christina Elvidge, who offered constant support throughout this process, even on the day of the thesis deadline, when Ann was still without a title! She is also indebted to the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary who have educated her for the past seventeen years and molded the firm foundation on which Ann stands today. Most importantly, Ann thanks her parents, Ann and Tom and her siblings, Tommy, Erin, and Joey, without whom none of this would have been possible.
Director: Dr. William Conlogue
Reader: Sr. Gail Cabral
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Although the first publication of The Sound and the Fury (1929) was a financial disaster, William Faulkner never doubted it was “the greatest book [he would] ever write”. At the close of World War II, critics revisited Faulkner’s “finest failure,” and most tend to agree with his assessment of the work. Faulkner stressed that “the artist doesn’t have time to listen to the critics…[because] the artist is a cut above the critic, for the artist is writing something which will move the critic. The critic is writing something which will move everybody but the artist”. For one who studies Faulkner, these critical evaluations stimulate ideas and offer new interpretations of the world Faulkner creates. Due to the overabundance of responses to The Sound and the Fury, the following literature review will focus on the major interpretations of the novel, in which I place my argument.
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