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As I Lay Dying Questions

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  1. What is more important in As I Lay Dying – form or content? That is, is the concept of multiple narratives more important than the story of the Bundrens?
  2. Which character is the reader meant to relate to in this novel? Does the answer to this question change as the novel progresses?
  3. What is the effect of hearing narrative perspectives from outside the Bundren family, in addition to those from the members of it?
  4. How is As I Lay Dying a portrait of its setting? What do we learn about Mississippi in the 1920s from reading this novel?
  5. How is information revealed to the reader in this novel? When are we intentionally left confused, and how does this affect the way we process the story?
  6. How does the narrative structure change over the course of the novel? (Start with the fact that we begin in Darl’s perspective and end in Cash’s.)

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