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Carothers McCaslin\u27s Progeny Tracing the Theme of Redemption Chronologically Through the Multiracial McCaslins

By Christine Reiss

Abstract

William Faulkner\u27 s Go Down, Moses (1942) is a novel that depicts the complicated family history of the McCaslins. There are primarily three branches of the family: the white, male-descended McCaslins, the white, female-descended Edmondses, and the multiracial, male-descended Beauchamps. The multiracial line of the family, the Beauchamps, are the progeny of the original McCaslin patriarch, old Carothers McCaslin. His act of miscegenation with one of his slaves produces a daughter, on whom he then fathers a son. This act of miscegenation and incest sets in motion a family line that struggles with the weight of its father\u27s sin. The individuals seek to live the most liberated lives that they can, given the various social constraints with which they come into contact, and by the end of the novel, they accomplish a fair measure of freedom, perhaps even redemption, from their father\u27s sin

Topics: English Language and Literature
Publisher: TopSCHOLAR®
Year: 1999
OAI identifier: oai:digitalcommons.wku.edu:stu_hon_theses-1215
Provided by: TopSCHOLAR

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