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Sound and Fury Characterizatio

Several times throughout The Sound and the Fury, as in other novels, are scenes in which the family, or parts of it, is sitting down at the dinner table for a meal.In Jason's section, there is a particular scene in which this occurs.At this point in time, the Compson family consists of Jason, his mother, Quentin and Benjy, and Dilsey and Luster.The scene begins by Jason refusing to eat dinner, or even go to the dinner table, until his mother and Quentin come down to accompany him.This situation clearly shows the stubbornness of Jason's personality.Several times Dilsey asks him to just eat by himself, and to forget about the other family members who are obviously too sick or occupied to come down to dinner.Instead, Jason continues to read the paper, refusing to move until the rest of the family has come down to join him.
In the same dialogue as above, not only is the trait of stubbornness shown, but also his constant sarcastic, almost brash tone.When Dilseyfirst tells Jason that dinner is ready, instead of a thank you or any other common words of appreciation, he replies "Is it?. . .Excuse me, I didn't hear anybody come down."This clearly shows his sarcastic tone towards all people.
Jason is seen as the'man of the house' ever since Mr. Compson died.His mother actually corrects herself when she calls the house her house, instead saying it is Jason's and that he is the head of it.This is what gives him a lot of his arrogance and haughtiness.His mother is constantly telling him how he is the superior of all the other children and even that he is the head of the house and that it is his.Who wouldn't acquire such a big ego with the praise he receives from his mother?
When Quentin finally sits at the table, Jason immediately starts to rip her apart.In his usual cynical tone he constantly irritates Quentin to the point where she breaks.Jason brings up the si…

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