Revisiting The Sound and the Fury and true knowledge

University life is so hectic; I realized that when I haven’t written anything for almost a month in this blog despite my love of writing. I haven’t done many productive things as well; other than rereading Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury and some texts on philosophy (Marcel among the most notable mindfucks), I haven’t even enjoyed myself in the realm of literature (although now at least I have in anime). I have been a little less lazy when it came to studies, but I’m regressing right now into something abhorrent (and I’m guessing this is because of my reawakened interest in watching anime).

Looking back, however, even after rereading The Sound and the Fury it still remains to be the among the best books of all time despite its complexity. Faulkner’s tactical obfuscation (using tactical as defined by George Steiner’s work On Difficulty) is ubiquitous by his usage of the Compsons’ streams of consciousness in telling a tragic story of their sister. From Ben’s inability to properly communicate to Quentin’s absorption, if not obsession with their family’s honor, to Jason’s apathy, their minds tell a tale of ineluctable and beautiful tragedy. To me, Quentin’s part remains to be the most affecting simply because of that feeling of dread that pervaded me while reading his section. Yes, perhaps he may have had done something to escape that fate that he himself imposed upon him, but one can never know.

Faulkner, however, is not the only one who obfuscates. We fool ourselves, and this can be reflected by the Dunning-Kruger effect, of which I fall victim to countless of times. Every time I take an exam headstrong with preparation I feel is decent enough I tend to get confident, but most of the time the end results don’t reflect the preparation that I’ve done; consequently, a lot of people have higher scores than I do, especially when I don’t study. Despite possessing little knowledge I sometimes think I know more than others who possess an even greater vat of it, and this is the gist of the Dunning-Kruger effect.

I wish I could be the one who underestimates his competence, who truly knows, but alas, as Darwin so aptly put it, “ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.

4 Responses to “Revisiting The Sound and the Fury and true knowledge”

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