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As I Lay Dying
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As I Lay Dying Analysis
Literary Devices in As I Lay Dying
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
Cash and Dewey Dell look over to the sign. Get it, New Hope Church? What is each of the characters’ hopes now? We know Dewey Dell is praying for an abortion, but what is Cash thinking as they...
Faulkner uses this fictitious county for many of his novels, including Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom!, and The Unvanquished. The details of Yoknapatawpha remain constant throughout these wor...
Narrator Point of View
Wow. There must be a reason for such a crazy narrative technique, right? Let’s start with a little passage from Cash Bundren:Sometimes I ain’t sho who’s got ere a right to say whe...
Faulkner’s novel fits neatly into the beginning of literary modernism. At a time when normal literary conventions were no longer in vogue, writers like Faulkner pushed the envelope with exper...
At times this book is funny, other times it’s just plain sick, still other times it’s sad, and often it’s a combination of all three. Just think about Vardaman confusing his mothe...
You’re probably familiar with the literary term "stream of consciousness." If you’re not, relax, because it only means what it sounds like: a loosely-formatted babble of thoughts. If so...
What’s Up With the Title?
William Faulkner’s title comes from a favorite speech of his in Homer’s Odyssey, Book XI. Odysseus has traveled to the Underworld, essentially to get directions. Once there, however, he...
What’s Up With the Ending?
Surprise, surprise – Anse is a selfish jerk. We had our suspicions all along, and now we can be about 90% sure that this entire trip to Jefferson was about him getting his new teeth…and...
The path up is filled with switchbacks in this one. With 15 different narrators, Faulkner's narrative can throw you more curves than Nolan Ryan. Heck, even a dead woman gets her shot at telling thi...
Waiting for Addie’s deathThe first few chapters of As I Lay Dying explore many different perspectives, but all are focused around the same thing: Addie is dying. From Jewel and Darl debating...
Booker’s Seven Basic Plots Analysis: The Quest
Addie Bundren’s dying wish is to be buried in Jefferson.This last wish instigates the story arc of the novel, sending the Bundrens on their journey.Traveling to JeffersonThis is your classic...
Three Act Plot Analysis
Everyone waits for Addie to die. Then…she dies.The Bundrens’ journey to Jefferson is rough and full of obstacles, including the weather, sabotage from within the family, and general hat...
William Faulkner comes from a long family line of influential Southern men including a plantation owner, a colonel, and a novelist. (Source) Faulkner wasn’t allowed into the American army be...
As I Lay Dying tracks the journey of Anse, Jewel, Darl, Cash, Vardaman, and Dewey Dell en route to Jefferson to bury the late Addie. That makes five guys and one living woman in the family. Funny t...
References to the The Bible pervade As I Lay Dying.Homer’s Odyssey (Check out "What's Up With The Title?")
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