As I Lay Dying
As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner
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New Hope Church

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 pass the signpost? Darl suggests that he has questions in his eyes. With the bad and worsening weather, perhaps Cash is wondering whether the family’s planned route is going to work. Notice also how Faulkner once again describes Darl’s perspective of Jewel as one of distance: 300 yards. Articulate and people-smart, Darl is clearly very different from brooding Jewel.

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