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William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" - In As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner uses the characters Anse and Cash, and a motif/symbol in "My mother is a fish," to reveal the psychological and societal problems of the twenties and thirties. Written as soon as the panic surrounding the stock market in 1929 started, Faulkner is reported as having, “took one of these [onion] sheets, unscrewed the cap from his fountain pen, and wrote at the top in blue ink, 'As I Lay Dying.' Then he underlined it twice and wrote the date in the upper right-hand corner"(Atkinson 15) We must take care to recognize Faulkner not as a man of apathy, but one of great compassion and indignation at the collapse of the economic foundation of the U.S....   [tags: Essay on As I Lay Dying]
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Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and Siddhartha Gautama Buddha - At the turn of the twentieth century with the industrial revolution in full effect the world was becoming a more modern place. At the same time, however, people were forced to turn to their more barbaric instincts. Modernist writer William Faulkner uses the Bundren family of his novel As I Lay Dying to exemplify the chaos and deterioration of an unprepared society thrust into the industrial world. Faulkner then juxtaposes the dysfunctional Bundren family with the archetypal oracle or prophet in Darl Bundren....   [tags: As I Lay Dying, Buddha] 1040 words
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As I Lay Dying : Anse Bundren - As I Lay Dying : Anse Bundren Anse Bundren is one of the most exceptional characters in “As I Lay Dying”. He was the husband of Addie Bunden. In the Story, he portrayed himself as being a very selfish individual. During his journey to the burial site of his wife, he always was worrying about his well being before the family’s well being. The only reason that he decided to carry out Addie’s wish was that he wanted to improve his image by getting false teeth. He did care for his wife, but this caring was overshadowed by his love to improve himself....   [tags: As I Lay Dying] 407 words
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Truth Revealed in As I Lay Dying - Truth Revealed in As I Lay Dying     Addie Bundren conjures up the central darkness derived from her death and directly or indirectly causes actions in which each Bundren character takes advantage of Addie. With the character's actions revolving around her death, William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying reveals the truth about the people who surround a person may take advantage of him or her.  The death of Addie Bundren shapes all of the character's actions in life including Addie's final request before her death.  Addie takes advantage of her death by using it for revenge and inflicting final pains upon some characters, while the other characters use her to get what they want for their persona...   [tags: As I Lay Dying Essays]
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As I Lay Dying Essay: The Characters - The Characters in As I Lay Dying The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail. (excerpt-Faulkner's Nobel Prize acceptance speech)     Analyzing character in a Faulkner novel is like trying to reach the bottom of a bottomless pit because Faulkner's characters often lack ration, speak in telegraphed stream-of-consciousness, and rarely if ever lend themselves to ready analysis.  This is particularly true in As I Lay Dying, a novel of a fragmented and dysfunctional family told through fragmented chapters.  Each character reveals their perspective in different chapters, but the perspectives are true to life...   [tags: As I Lay Dying Essays]
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William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying      In his book, As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner pioneers new and interesting literary forms. His most obvious deviation from traditional novel writing was the new style of narration in which he used all the main characters as the narrator at one point or another. This allowed the reader to gain insight into the character’s thoughts, and also to prove very interesting and entertaining. Faulkner also ignores all boundaries that sane people have placed upon the English language to keep it readable....   [tags: Lay Dying Faulkner Essays] 986 words
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William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying Works Cited Missing      Fulfilling a promise they had made to their mother, Addie, Cash, Darl, Jewel, Dewey Dell, and Vardaman, in William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, journey across the Mississippi countryside to bring her body to be buried in Jefferson, alongside her immediate family. Each one, in turn, narrates the events of this excursion as they are perceived. Though all of the family members are going through the same experiences, each one expresses what they see and how they feel by exercising their individual powers and limitations of language....   [tags: Lay Dying William Faulkner Essays] 1179 words
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The Themes of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner in his book "As I Lay Dying" portrays a Mississippi family which goes through many hardships and struggles. Faulkner uses imagery to illustrate an array of central themes such as the conscious being or existence and poverty among many others. From the first monologue, you will find and indulgence of sensual appeal, they are a strong aspect through out the novel. Each character develops stronger and stronger by their passages. One of the themes in As I Lay Dying is a Human's relations to nature, Faulkner uses imagery in the sense that he relates some the character to animals....   [tags: As I Lay Dying Essays] 1001 words
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As I Lay Dying Essays: The Dysfunctional Family - After reading As I Lay Dying, I was unsettled by something. It wasn't the plot, although As I Lay Dying had a singularly bizarre storyline. During the action of the novel a mother dies, and her family embarks upon a disaster ridden journey in order to fulfill her last wishes. The eldest son breaks his leg, the family has to sell or mortgage practically all it's worldly goods, and Jewel risks his life twice in order to get his mother's body to Jefferson. Why has Disney not snatched up the film making rights to this singular testament to Bundren family's love and dedication....   [tags: As I Lay Dying Essays] 956 words
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Alienation in As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner - William Faulkner is an American novelist whose major work is As I Lay Dying. Faulkner gave each of his characters traits that are expressed throughout the story.  The reader is introduced to each character through their detailed and descriptive character traits.  We are able to delve into the character's mind and see their personal and distinct traits. He did not tell us anything about the characters, but he takes us into the mind of each character to analyze what we see there. Even though these characters lead parallel lives we can see the total alienation and breakdown of the relationships between each other.  Darl, Jewel, and Anse possess character traits that contribute to or cause the b...   [tags: As I Lay Dying Essays]
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William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying - “The past is never dead. It's not even past.” ― William Faulkner In William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, characterization, specifically through the multitude of narrators, transforms an otherwise pedestrian plot into a complex pilgrimage to the truth. As I Lay Dying is told from the perspective of fifteen different characters in 59 chapters (Tuck 35). Nearly half (7) of the characters from whose perspective the story is narrated are members of the same family, the Bundrens. The other characters are onlookers of the Bundrens’ journey to bury their mother, Addie....   [tags: As I Lay Dying 2014]
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Reactions to Death in Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying - Reactions to Death in Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying Eventhough As I lay Dying is a story revolved around the death of a mother, Addie Bundren, the true content of the story develops from information given to the audience through a multitude of narrators. The relationship between each family member and their association with Addie's death differentiates from person to person. Through her husband, Anse, we are introduced to his philosophy that man should keep stationary. Anse explains, "The lord put roads for travelling; why he laid them down flat on the Earth....   [tags: Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying] 447 words
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Word Meaning in Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying - Word Meaning in Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying Throughout Faulkner’s novel, As I Lay Dying, a prominent difference between the characters Anse and Addie appears in his/her contrasting depiction of word meaning. According to the mother, Addie, words are bad and do not signify their designated meaning. In comparison, her husband, Anse, continually stresses and believes in his spoken promise or word to bury Addie in Jefferson. Incidentally, the juxtaposition between the two character’s theories of word meaning emphasizes an alternative comical view toward the burial of Addie....   [tags: Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying] 571 words
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The Mysterious Jewel in Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying - The Mysterious Jewel in Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying William Faulkner loves to keep the reader guessing. One of his favorite narrative techniques is to hint at a topic and raise questions and then leave the reader dangling. We are left with a void which we can not fill. The questions that the reader is left with will eventually be answered, but the reader will find the answers before Faulkner comes out and states what is by then the obvious. A good example is in As I Lay Dying where understanding the significance of Jewel is a major part of understanding the story....   [tags: Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying] 863 words
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William Faulkner’s novel As I Lay Dying - I have both negative and positive things to say about William Faulkner’s novel As I Lay Dying. In the book Faulkner uses a very unique approach for narration. He has very strong sentences and vocabulary, but the story itself was too strange and warped for my enjoyment. Nevertheless there is a vibe given off in this Faulkner Novel that make it a timeless classic. When I started reading this book it only took me the first few chapters to notice that the vocabulary and sentence structure are superb....   [tags: William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying] 353 words
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Character Analysis of Dewey Dell Bundren in Faulkner's As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner, a Nobel Prize winning author, wrote the novel "As I Lay Dying" in six weeks without changing a word. Considering the story's intricate plot, not changing a single word seems like it would take a literary genius to complete. Many people agree that Faulkner could very well be a genius due to the organization of this story. Faulkner uses fifteen different characters to narrate and allow the reader to analyze each of their point of views. Through the confessions of each character, the reader is able to form his or her opinion about different characters and issues....   [tags: As I Lay Dying Essays] 1081 words
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Addie Bundren in William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying - Addie Bundren in William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying Woman is the source and sustainer of virtue and also a prime source of evil. She can be either; because she is, as man is not, always a little beyond good and evil. With her powerful natural drive and her instinct for the concrete and personal, she does not need to agonize over her decisions. There is no code for her to master, no initiation for her to undergo. For this reason she has access to a wisdom which is veiled from man; and man’s codes, good or bad, are always, in their formal abstraction, a little absurd in her eyes ....   [tags: As I Lay Dying Essays]
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Free College Essays - Anse as a Vulture in As I Lay Dying - Anse as a Vulture in As I Lay Dying Human beings are commonly accepted as social creatures. They are considered evolved due to the fact that they were the first animals to develop a written language to help with communication. In the book, As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner compares the characters to less evolved species. The resemblance between the characters and their inanimate counterparts in nature is used in the book to show how inhuman they are in personality. Many birds are carnivorous, that is, they prey upon other animals for food....   [tags: As I Lay Dying Essays] 743 words
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Words and Images in Faulkner's As I Lay Dying - Words and Images in Faulkner's As I Lay Dying Maybe I will end up in some kind of self-communion -- a silence -- faced with the certainty that I can no longer be understood. The artist must create his own language. This is not only his right but his duty. ----------- William Faulkner Virginia Woolf observes that "painting and writing have much to tell each other; they have much in common. The novelist after all wants to make us to see" (22). Indeed, many movements in the visual arts during the first half of the twentieth century had a close relationship with literature....   [tags: William Faulkner As I Lay Dying Essays] 3624 words
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Meaning Behind Faulkner’s Novel Title: As I Lay Dying - Meaning Behind Faulkner’s Novel Title: As I Lay Dying Faulkner’s title phrase “As I Lay Dying” solicits many suspicions from potential readers of the novel. The phrase itself is not traditionally grammatical because it is not able to stand by itself. As a dependent clause, the phrase “As I Lay Dying” would typically serve as a noun, adjective, or adverb within the sentence and then be linked with a main clause. The absence of a main clause in the title causes the reader to speculate about the forthcoming plot of the novel....   [tags: Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying] 480 words
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The Nature of a Crazy Family in Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying - The Nature of a Crazy Family in Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying "My mother is a fish." (p. 79) I think that this statement typifies the entire family. There is something not-quite-right about all of them. Vardeman, as Cora Tull says on page 70, is "outen his head with grief and worry" for his mother. He has confused her with the fish because they both died on the same day. In his child's mind he cannot differentiate between the two. Throughout the novel he refers to his mother as a fish, as on page 196....   [tags: Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying] 576 words
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William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and in Virginia Woolf’s A Mark on the Wall - Subjective Narrative - William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and in Virginia Woolf’s A Mark on the Wall - Subjective Narratives in Modernist Texts Like many other modernist texts, William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying employs many unreliable narrators to reveal the progression of the novel. One of the most interesting of these narrators is the youngest Bundren child, Vardaman. Like the rest of his family, Vardaman is mentally unstable, but his condition is magnified due to this lack of understanding of life and death....   [tags: As I Lay Dying Essays]
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As I lay Dying Seminars - ... He would ask himself “Why do you laugh?” (254), or “Is this why you laugh Darl?”(254). And he would answer them in a creepy way; “Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes”(254). I honestly don’t think that Darl was crazy. He was rational for most of the story. So why is he all of a sudden acting like he’s crazy, when he knows for a fact he isn’t. Darl and Jewel also have a complicated relationship. They don’t exactly get along all the time. Darl begrudges Jewel, considering Jewel and Addie’s relationship....   [tags: William Faulkner] 1434 words
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As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner’s portrayal of women, Addie Bundren specifically, in As I Lay Dying presents an interesting look into the gender politics of the south in the 1930s. Addie lies at the heart of the novel; yet despite being the heart, her presence for most of the story is as a corpse. Faulkner only gives her one chapter to explain herself; and it is her desire to be buried in Jefferson that sets in motion everything that happens in the novel. There is a profound tension at work between words and Truth her chapter: Addie ascribes no value to words, they are nothing more than dead sounds....   [tags: Literary Analysis, William Faulkner] 1225 words
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Techniques Used in As I Lay Dying - It all began when Addie Bundren, wife of Anse Bundren, became ill and passed away. She left one request for when she died, which was to be buried in Jefferson next to her father. Since her family is poor, everything that has to be done is done all by hand by the family. Cash, Addie’s oldest son, has to build the coffin that they will bury Addie in. To try and give her a “last gift,” Cash decides to build the coffin right outside of Addie’s window as she lays in her bed, dying. “As the family moves toward the unfamiliar landscape and community of Jefferson and toward new social identities, they are compelled to respond to pressures and limits that emerge in the context of new settings and so...   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner - ... This demonstrates just how little he actually cared about Addie and exemplifies his selfish character. Similarly, Addie’s name demonstrates her character. “Addie comes from the root “adal,” meaning “a noble sort”(Hanks and Flavia X). While Addie may come across harsh in the novel, after closer examination of her character and motives, it becomes clear that it was not her intention to be harsh for the sake of being harsh. She did not often show affection for her children and did not pretend to possess equal love for each child, but she did her best to support her family and give them a good life....   [tags: ignorance, stupidity, and insensitivity] 1122 words
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The Role of Isolation in As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner’s novel, As I Lay Dying, tells the story of a family that journeys cross-country with the intentions to find a proper resting place for their mother, Addie Bundren. After reading for only a short time, it becomes clear that two of her sons, Jewel and Darl, play a much larger role in the story than the other siblings. One could find many good points to support either character being labeled as the protagonist of the story, such as the various tensions that can clearly be seen between them....   [tags: Faulkner, Litterary Analysis] 1293 words
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As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner is presented to the reader in a stream of consciousness narration style told from fifteen points of view, which each chapter is narrated by one character. Faulkner engages the reader to form multiple interpretations and at times they are conflicting. The novel is centered around one character, Addie, who has just passed away. However, Addie only has one chapter in the novel but the fact that she has already passed away makes her section even more significant. Addie is an individual trapped in a patriarchal world that suppresses and silences her....   [tags: literary analysis, William Faukner ]
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As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner - William Faulkner's novel "As I Lay Dying" centers on the death and ensuing burial of the matriarch of the Bundren family, Addie. The book is written in first person point of view and is narrated by family members and acquaintances of Addie. It is through the narratives of the other characters that her personality is revealed. Few clearly defined details about Addie are given in the novel, and as such, the reader must learn about her through the narrations of the other characters. Addie Bundren is a complex woman with many conflicting personality traits that often influence others....   [tags: bundren family, addie, toni morrison]
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As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner - ... This lead into his adulthood. During his adulthood he changed carriers. He became a screenwriter in Hollywood. Faulkner signed a six week contract that started a series of events as a screenwriter. The only thing that was seen of him on the screen would just be his name on the screen credit, but he was the mind behind the Today We Live. “ In December, Faulkner began another “tour of duty” in Hollywood working with Hawks, this time at 20th Century-Fox, where he met Meta Carpenter, Hawks’ secretary and script girl, with whom Faulkner would have an affair....   [tags: writer, modernist era] 1661 words
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As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner - ... They hope to get back before Addie dies but their expectation is cut short (Faulkner, William, & Michael 43) Funnily, Darl gives the ordeal of the scene of the death of Addie although he is not present at that time. The family embarks on a tough journey to Jefferson after the death of Addie. The difficulty in the journey worsens by the poverty that strikes Bundren. Cash breaks the leg from the former injury and Anse is jerk and cannot wait to acquire a new set of teeth. Dewey Dell gets pregnant out of the wedlock and to make matters worse, the bad weather devastates the bridge that they ought to use for crossing....   [tags: family, abortion, negative philosophy] 989 words
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Imagery in As I Lay Dying - Metamorphosis William Faulkner in his book, As I Lay Dying, portrays a Mississippi family which goes through many hardships and struggles. Faulkner uses imagery to illustrate an array of central themes such as the conscious being or existence and poverty among many others. From the first monologue, you will find an indulgence of sensual appeal, a strong aspect of the novel. Each character grows stronger and stronger each passage. One of the themes in As I Lay Dying is a human's relations to nature....   [tags: William Faulkner] 909 words
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Southern Influence in William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying - The novels of William Faulkner are amongst some of the most important books of the twentieth century. In 1949 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature for all of his great works. Most of his novels were based on his own surroundings and where he grew up (Faulkner, william, 2009). In his novel, As I Lay Dying, Faulkner uses his own southern influence to create the setting, characters, and motifs to develop the narrative behind this poor southern family. As I Lay Dying is set in the 1920’s between two parts of Mississippi....   [tags: Addie Bundren, cosmo girl]
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Sincerity of Heroism in Faulkner's As I Lay Dying - The novel As I Lay Dying was written by Southern author William Faulkner. As I Lay Dying was completed on January 12, 1930 and was published later that year (Blotner 252). Faulkner described the work as a tour de force, being completed over the span of only several weeks (Fargnoli 44), “[setting] out deliberately to write [the novel in this fashion]. Before I ever set down the first word I said, ‘I am to write a book by which, at a pinch, I can stand or fall if I never touch ink again.’” (Tredell 89)....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical essays]
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Central Themes in As I Lay Dying by Faulkner - Irony and inversion mark the central themes to As I Lay Dying. Faulkner uses these significant themes to challenge the classical quest and invert characters and events to the opposite of what readers would cfonsider normal. The basic plot of the Bundren family travelling from their home to Jefferson portrays as a pointless and destructive quest. Many readers may expect the characters to reach a goal such as finding a valuable treasure or receiving a prize at the end. But in this novel, the quest remains pointless and destructive as the characters bury a dead body....   [tags: irony, inversion, william faulkner] 668 words
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As I Lay Dying: Faulkner’s Aggressive Humor - In William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, Faulkner portrays the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her dying wish to bury her in the town of Jefferson. Faulkner utilizes humor in the novel to lighten the mood of death and as an act of transgression against the orthodox Christian views of death as it relates to good souls dying and becoming angels. Addie Bundren’s son, Vardaman, relates to the orthodox Christian views of death, and the synonymous use of humor with these views ultimately creates an idea about humanity’s perception of death and how they should live, which is enhanced through John Morreal’s “Humor in the Holocaust: Its Coping, Criticizing, and Superiority” and “...   [tags: William Faulkner]
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Overview: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner - William Faulkner’s novel As I Lay Dying takes place in the fictional town of Yaknapatawpha, Mississippi in the 1920’s. It is set in the summertime in the ‘deep south’, which had continual dry and hot conditions. The novel tells of the quest of the Bundren family to bury Addie Bundren in Jefferson, where her family was buried. The Bundren family goes through many unexpected trials on this journey, but still manages to bury Addie where she requested. Among her children, were two of her four sons, Darl and Vardaman....   [tags: bundren family, addies' death]
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Symbolism in As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner - ... He continuously works on his mothers coffin showing his loyalty and dedication to his mother and all of her hard work she did for her children. On their journey, the Bundren family approaches a river by which they have the cross. As they are crossing the rushing river, a log interferes and causes disaster for the family. Throughout the chaos, Cash braces back holding Addie and his tools. This exemplifies his love for both his mother and tools and how they both are important to him. The rest of Cash’s family understands his love for his tools and the significance of tools....   [tags: Family, Adversity, Death]
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Analysis of As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner - The novel “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner follows a family who is on a journey to bury their recently deceased mother, in the nearby town of Jefferson. The novel is told from the perspective of monologues, told by each of the characters encountered throughout the story. Specifically, Darl Bundren seems to be the protagonist character in this novel. Darl is the second oldest of the Bundren children and seems to be isolated from the rest of the family. As the novella progresses the reader is made aware of changes in Darl’s attitude and also the reasons for why he may be changing this particular way....   [tags: monologues, Darl Bundren, sanity]
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As I Lay Dying - The action of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying is simple: Addie Bundren dies; and in answer to her wishes, the body is taken for burial to Jefferson, some forty miles away. But the weather intervenes, and floodwaters require that the cortege take detours. Some nine days pass before the coffin, which before long clearly announces its passing to neighboring places, is finally laid to rest. These days involve battling flood water and a fire set by one of the children, the threat of buzzards, the hazards of a broken leg, and other incidental losses and disasters....   [tags: essays research papers] 1197 words
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As I Lay Dying - As I Lay Dying In "As I Lay Dying" William Faulkner uses multiple points of view to explore the theme of existence as a motionless and meaningless cycle. The cycle is motionless because it is inescapable and unchangeable. One can never leave the cycle of life and death. People perpetuate the cycle by creating life, but in creating life they are creating death, for life irrevocably leads to death. Faulkner depicts existence as meaningless. Nothing really changes in the story. On the surface the characters appear to change, such as Addie dying, Darl going crazy and Anse getting a new wife, but none of these changes are really as relevant as they seem....   [tags: essays papers] 1228 words
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As I Lay Dying - As I Lay Dying In William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, references to “the right” by numerous characters serve to propel the reader on a quest for truth. Cora and Tull make allusions to what is right as defined by religion, while Cash evokes a more innate sense of right and wrong. Anse has a sense of right that is deceptive to both himself and others, yet it also conveys his view of the world which Faulkner shows to be just as accurate as anyone else’s. Faulkner’s blending of these versions of right make a unified idea of what is right, even if that idea is at once a confusing and complicated one....   [tags: Essays Papers] 591 words
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AS I Lay Dying - AS I Lay Dying William Faulkner’s use of interior monologue in as As I Lay Dying allows the reader to experience the story from more then one persons perspective. Through the thoughts of Darl Bundren the reader comes to understand what is going on within the family. On the other hand Anse Bundren allows the reader to get a different perspective on the family. The reader gets the perspective of an outsider through Cora Tull’s narration. The make up of these characters as well as others allows the reader to see all sides of the story....   [tags: essays papers] 897 words
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As I Lay Dying - As I Lay Dying In reading the novel As I Lay Dying, many questions arose in my mind. However, the one that plagued me was the question that I could not pin down. All of the characters in the book have a personality and play a certain role in the tale. However, the one character who fascinated me, yet I could not explain was Cash. Is Cash a bigger player in the novel than it appears on the surface. I believe he is. Cash is the cog in the family that keeps the others from spinning away. Cash becomes, throughout the course of the novel, the patriarchal figure in the novel....   [tags: Papers] 1455 words
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As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi where he became a high school drop out and was forced to work with grandfather at a bank. In 1925 Faulkner moved to New Orleans and worked as a journalist, here he met the American Sherwood Andersen, a famous short-story writer. Anderson convinced Faulkner that writing about the people and places he could identify with would improve his career as a writer. After a trip to Europe, Faulkner began to write of the fictitious Yoknapatawpha County, which was representative of Lafayette County, Mississippi....   [tags: essays research papers] 2324 words
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As I Lay Dying: The Love Of Family - Ah, love. Love is so often a theme in many a well-read novel. In the story, As I Lay Dying, one very important underlying theme is not simply love, but the power to love. Some of the characters have this ability; some can only talk about it. Perhaps more than anyone, Addie and Jewel have this power- one which Jewel, by saving his mother twice, merges with his power to act. As the Bible would have it, he does "not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth" (1 John 3:18)....   [tags: essays research papers] 471 words
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