The following paper explores William Faulkner’s novel `Sanctuary,` a collection of ’emblems’ of the south.
This paper examines the three major characters in Sanctuary from two perspectives: how they function as characters per se and how they become emblematic of Faulkner’s model of Southern society.
“The book “if one is to allowed to indulge in the very briefest of summaries here to lay a framework for the analysis of the characters in this book” tells how Horace Benbow becaomes involved in the violent events centering on Temple Drake, a provocative and irresponsible young woman who is raped by Popeye, who murders a man trying to protect Temple. Carried off to a Memphis brothel by Popeye, Temple later protects him by testifying against Lee Goodwin, who is accused of the murder. Benbow defends Goodwin at the trial as well as trying to defend his common-law wife. Temple’s lies at the trial condemn Goodwin, who is lynched by a mob.”