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Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner is the story of a man who outraged the land that then turned and destroyed the man’s family (Serafin 356). Growing up as a poor mountain white, Thomas Sutpen yearns for more than what he has ever had. He marries a young woman and fathers a son, but soon after it is revealed to him that his wife has Negro blood. Abandoning his new wife and child, Sutpen leaves to …

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…other in a series of events. Moreover, the two allusions are also used to make the thematic ideas stand out throughout the novel. These ideas are the failure of love, the search for truth, and the need to seek revenge on those who have done wrong in the eyes of the characters. Through the allusions of the Bible and Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Faulkner’s novel Absalom, Absalom! is much better portrayed and easier to comprehend.