Study Guide

Absalom, Absalom! Characters

Thomas Sutpen

The Thomas Sutpen we come to know in Absalom, Absalom! only exists in the fragmented memories of...

Charles Bon

Charles Bon is the bane of Sutpen's existence. Oh, and he's also his son. As Sutpen tells it, he...

Rosa Coldfield (Miss Rosa)

Miss Rosa Coldfield – Ellen Coldfield's younger sister by 27 years – is a character...

Henry Sutpen

Henry Sutpen might seem like the ultimate renegade son: he repudiates his birthright (i.e....

Quentin Compson

Quentin is a pretty ambiguous character in Absalom, Absalom! All he really does is tell a story....

Judith Sutpen

Judith is a shallow but headstrong woman. She loves the trappings of wealth and the power she...

Shreve (Shrevlin) McCannon

Oh, Shreve. Feisty, feisty Shreve. Quentin's roommate at Harvard, this guy – while a little...

Mr. (Jason) Compson

Guess what? We've got another narrator for you. Mr. Compson is Quentin's father and General...

Clytemnestra "Clytie" Sutpen

Clytie doesn't seem like too much of a player for most of the book, but in the end, she's the one...

Minor Characters

What glorious being spawned Charles Bon? This is your lady right here. Eulalia is Sutpen's first...