Franco plays Benjy, the mentally handicapped—and eventually, castrated—member of the Compson clan.
Thus, during Jim Crow, black men were routinely hanged, castrated, and lynched for alleged sexual assaults against white women.
In one sickening final detail, Joe Christmas is castrated even before he is dead, his blood soaking his attackers.
castrate cas·trate (kās'trāt')
v. cas·trat·ed, cas·trat·ing, cas·trates
To remove the testicles of a male; emasculate.
To remove the ovaries of a female; spay.