How does Faulkner’s style of narration (the four different points of view) aid the reader in understanding the Compson family?
Although Faulkner’s style makes The Sound and the Fury difficult to read, I think this narration is instrumental in allowing the readers to get to know the characters and to get inside their heads. The novel opens with Benjy’s perspective, which gives us a vague outline of what’s going on – just as he only sees shapes and colors, and has a very primitive and sensory view of things, we too are given mere glimpses, a confusing outline of what is happening.
This outline is filled in slightly with the perspectives of Quentin and Jason. Finally, in the final chapter, an omniscient narrator allows us to see the whole picture. I think that Faulkner’s way of narrating like this allows the reader to really get to know and understand the characters – we really feel as though we have been inserted into their world, rather than as though we are outsiders being told about their world.