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What follows is a sample excerpt. Examine how the student within the excerpt fails to define the concept of “pastness.”
In addition to Quentin Compson, in exploring the perspectives of Miss Rosa Codfield, Mr. Compson, and Shreve McCannon, Faulkner illustrates the process and study of genealogy and within each perspective resonates some speck of truth, regardless of validity or credibility. But before distinguishing among the narratives, it is vitally important to acknowledge and understand that although each character adds or subtracts from versions of the story, Thomas Sutpen knows the events of his drama better than anyone else. But it is arguable if we say that he understands his drama, the pastness of his past.
The student doesn’t define how she uses a particular word within the analysis.
In response to this, the teacher uses a question mark to indicate confusion about how the student uses the word.
1) What is “pastness?”
2) What is Thomas Sutpen’s past?
3) What is the pastness of the past?
4) How does Thomas Sutpen’s past relate to the whole story?
5) What connection does it have?
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