I thought I could post these the day after the lectures and we could each pick a few to answer and give one opinions on (either in the comments or in a new post).
Some of these questions were answered by the lecture, but some of them are quite open ended...
1. This section moves between the past and present with little more
than a change in typeface to signify time shifts. How did you learn to
find your way through Benjy's chapter? What is Faulkner saying about
time and memory by having Benjy introduce the Compson family story?
2. Although Benjy is mentally challenged, he is able to recall many
conversations and significant moments from his family's past. Discuss
some of the events Benjy is remembering. Do you think he is a reliable
3. Loss and longing permeate Benjy's chapter. Who and what have Benjy lost? Which losses resonate most with him?
4. What objects does Caddy use to soothe Benjy?
5. On the day Damuddy dies, Caddy is the only Compson child willing to
climb the tree to look in the room. What does this say about Caddy's
6. When Benjy was 5 years old his name was changed from Maury. For what
reason was his name changed? What do you think this says about the
Compson family values?
7. Benjy senses Caddy's sexual maturation. How does he try to forestall the changes? What is Caddy's response?
8. Discuss the ways in which the Compsons and the Gibsons care for
Benjy. Do you think they function as a typical extended family, or is
there something special about Benjy that ties them together?