The duality of fiction and psychopatology in William Faulkner

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The Sound and the Fury published in October of 1929 was Faulkner's fourth novel, today this novel has generated many critical interpretations. After many documentation about the science what is today called ' psychotalogy' I decided to use William Faulkner's character, Benjy Compson from the novel entitled The Sound and the Fury as a 'living' example of a slight schizofrenia which could possibly [...]
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The Sound and the Fury published in October of 1929 was Faulkner's fourth novel, today this novel has generated many critical interpretations. After many documentation about the science what is today called ' psychotalogy' I decided to use William Faulkner's character, Benjy Compson from the novel entitled The Sound and the Fury as a 'living' example of a slight schizofrenia which could possibly develope through the years. I arrived to this conclusion from his behaviour, his associations and the way he experiences the events that take place around him. In the following paper I would like to prove or give evidence of the complexity of this character which was created such way that probably neither Faulkner was aware of. This because we should be aware of the fact that this science is relatively young. The following approaches examine: the attitudes, language, behaviour and experiences of a mentally ill person.
The short introduction of the character which is in fact a self- introduction has nothing to do with dates or places, the introduction is in the first person narrative:
Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces I could see them hitting. They
were coming toward where the flag was and I went along the fence.Luster was hunting in thegrass
by the flower tree. They took the flag out, they went to the table, and he hit and the other
hit [...] we went along the fence and they stopped and we stopped...(Faulkner 1)

First I would like to examine the language Benjy uses throughout the narration. As it is
observable from the quoted passage Benjy is incapable of structuring complex sentences as
autistic or schizophrenic patients who are very economical with words. He explain the continuous action with the same verbs and nouns: "fence"(3), "hitting"(3). He is also incapable of using conjunctions other than the "and" , to link two clauses or utterances: "and he hit and the other
hit"(Faulkner 1), "and they stopped and we stopped "(Faulkner 1), instead of saying "they
stopped at the same time we stopped too" or just simply "we also stopped". At first glance these sentences moreover the whole narration part appears as an excerpt from a diary of a child but as we know these are the words of a 33 years old man, if we can call him a man. As a critic observed:
What seems most interesting is the way Benjy's comparative incapacity becomes his individual capacity and power. His inability to conceive of casual sequences enables him
to notice a very great deal as it happens. And his failures at 'trying to say' become his

'saying' to the reader, sooner or later a reader ceases to regard Benjy's words as the

language of an 'idiot'.(
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