In it–I feel like so much of the

In this story, I was struck by the theme of ownership. This story is a lot to take in, and I have a hard time understanding it–I feel like so much of the story has gone over my head and I am left unsure of what to make of this story’s pieces. However, taking the time to think about Isaac’s family background, I wonder how it fits into the story of the hunt. I believe that Faulkner is making a point about ownership; specifically, he is saying that humans act entitled to what is not actually theirs. My own reflections on this story are fragmented, because I feel like the story is an extremely long stream of consciousness that would take much longer to unravel; perhaps I approached the story in the wrong way by trying to pick apart pieces and put them back together, but I would love to talk about the format of the story in class. The ledgers that come into the story were the most interesting to me in exploring ownership. While the ledgers offer a long string of confusing, interweaving information, we find out that Isaac’s grandfather has raped a slave, had a daughter, and raped the daughter too. This is a heavy subject. The mother, Eunice, also kills herself. Here, it shows that humans are, or at least were once considered to be property. Isaac reflects on the entitlement of humans to things and places that they cannot actually own. Isaac doesn’t even want the inheritance land of the plantation; he believes that it is sinful to have taken the land in the first place, but especially disgusting to have owned people as slaves to work on the land. It puts him in a place of moral discomfort. When Isaac is trying to speak to McCaslin about why he feels uncomfortable with his inheritance, the two men recall the Civil War. The narrator explains to the readers the power struggle that came from the end of the Civil War once the slaves are freed: the freed slaves still had to figure life out and struggle with their newfound freedom which came with discrimination, violence, and murder through lynchings. The wealthy plantation owners struggled with the fact that they no longer legally owned other human beings, and resented losing their slaves (despite forcing the newly freed slaves to stay and work). Poorer white people, however, felt as though they were now on the same level as the freed slaves and ended up in the Ku Klux Klan lynching black people as a way to have their own sense of power. The struggle Isaac has coming to terms with the entitled attitude that his family has taken before him, and the very concept of men trying to make everything their property serves as a foil to the bear, which cannot be owned by anybody, let alone be killed by a man for many years.The bear represents the wild as it should be, free from the ownership of man. However, the chase that these men so enjoy, even with the years of failure, represents just another way in which the white man tries to hold power over everything around him.ffrdxz With Isaac’s struggle comes many moments of self awareness, and reflective moments of consciousness for his demographic–white men with money. He sees where men before him and men around him have gone wrong by stealing land, property, and people.  In fact, those who try to own land, and especially own other people, are cursed. In Isaac’s mind, humans cannot own land or people in the same way that we cannot own air or water. He believes that God is saddened and disappointed by the selfishness of man, and is actually favoring those whose ancestry is affected by slavery because they know humility and suffering.