Q is for Quentin

Since I read The Sound and the Fury in 2009, I have been obsessed with it, especially with one character in particular, Quentin Compson, the neurotic main character. (Well, one of the main characters.) This character is so awesome, he has his own memorial plaque at the Anderson Memorial Bridge, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

I suppose Quentin is one of my all-time favorite characters because he has so many issues. He’s overly obsessed with his sister’s innocence (and the powerful scent of honeysuckle), he fails to uphold the honor of a true Southern gentleman, he’s so intelligent he overanalyzes everything (and he attends Harvard), and he commits suicide. Doesn’t sound like your typical hero, I know, but he does the best he can with a retarded brother, a carefree and careless sister, and another brother who is a cruel pennypincher.

“I don’t hate it.” – Quentin Compson, regarding the area of Mississippi where he grew up