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  • Tear Jerker: Quentin's section is especially tragic.
    • "Honeysuckle was the saddest odor of all, I think."
    • "'All righ, den," Luster said. "You want somethin to beller about?' ...'Caddy! Beller now! Caddy! Caddy! Caddy!'...But he bellowed slowly, abjectly, without tears; the grave hopeless sound of all voiceless misery under the sun."
  • True Art Is Angsty
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Subverted slightly in that by the time you finally reach the end of the novel, you have at least a basic understanding of what just happened. Still, the first two sections pretty much fit this to a T.
  • The Woobie: You can pretty much take your pick between Benjy and Quentin.
    • Jason emerges as the Jerkass Woobie in some interpretations since he had his nastiness beaten into him by his mother.
      • And also because his life kind of sucks.
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