The Sound and the Fury
The Sound and the Fury

The Sound and the Fury

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William Faulkner. 

"Caddy smelled like trees."

The novel follows the financial decline and reputation of an american aristocratic family in the 1920s. Benjy, who narrates the first half of the novel has severe learning disabilities and the reader feels the world through his eyes and senses, which frequently come back to Caddy smelling like trees. 

The title of the novel is taken from William Shakespeare's Macbeth. 

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Faulkner said in his speech upon being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature that people must write about things that come from the heart, "universal truths." Otherwise, they signify nothing.