Faulkner's feeble few: The mentally impaired citizens of Yoknapatawpha

Matthew Brent Foxen, University of Texas at El Paso


This thesis explores Faulkner's use of mental impairments and illnesses, by analyzing closely three of his characters. With chapters focusing on Benjy Compson, Tommy, and Darl Bundren, this work investigates the literal, aesthetic, and figurative purposes that each man serves in his respective novel. It identifies commonalities and differences among these and other mentally impaired or ill characters.

Subject Area

American literature

Recommended Citation

Foxen, Matthew Brent, "Faulkner's feeble few: The mentally impaired citizens of Yoknapatawpha" (2014). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1557758.