Study Guide

The Sound and the Fury Characters

By William Faulkner

Benjy Compson

Let’s start at the very beginning. It’s a very good place to start. Unless, of...

Quentin Compson

Quentin Compson, the eldest of the Compson children, is the Harvard boy. He’s the bright...

Jason Compson

Lots of families have a bad apple somewhere in its family tree. Cinderella had some nasty...

Caddy Compson

Ever obsess about the one guy (or girl) that you just can’t have? Notice how that obsession...

Dilsey

If the Compson family is a leaky ship foundering at sea, then Dilsey is its anchor. OK,...

Mrs. Compson

"I know I’m just a troublesome old woman. But I know that people cannot flout God’s...

Mr. Compson

Mr. Compson is a decaying Southern gentleman. We say that with the greatest respect, of course....

Shreve MacKenzie

You have to love Shreve. We sure do. For one thing, he’s totally not from the South....

Quentin Compson (Jr.)

Quentin (Jr.) is a rebellious teen who chases after the circus. With "gaping" red lips and angry,...