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The Sound and the Fury

The Sound and the Fury

by William Faulkner

Sexuality and Sexual Identity Quotes

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Quote #1

Caddy was all wet and muddy behind, and I started to cry and she came and squatted in the water. (1.212)

Dirty drawers are a foreshadowing of sexual experience. All of Caddy’s brothers seem to be obsessed with this memory of Caddy – this is Benjy’s memory of the scene.

Quote #2

He went and pushed Caddy up into the tree to the first limb. We watched the muddy bottom of her drawers. Then we couldn't see her. We could hear the tree thrashing. (1.498)

Caddy’s muddy drawers are linked to her sexual experience, but they’re also a foreshadowing of the way that she will eventually disappear. Her adventurousness is an often-overlooked aspect of her disappearance.

Quote #3

Caddy put her arms around me, and her shining veil, and I couldn't smell trees anymore and I began to cry. (1.507)

Benjy comprehends the world through his sense of smell. When Caddy no longer smells like trees, he understands that she’s no longer innocent.

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