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  • As I Lay Dying - 814 words
    Adam Cooper Cooper 1 In one of William Faulkner's greatest novels, As I lay Dying, the character's selfishness is revealed. As I Lay Dying is a detailed account of the Bundren's family trek across Mississippi to bury Addie, their wife and mother. As Addie is dying, all the characters go through a different state of emotions, all of which are explained in fifty-nine chapters. An analysis of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying reveals the importance of goals, mishaps, and characters as they look on the death of Addie. During the initial stage after Addie's death three main goals are exposed: burying her, getting new teeth for Anse, and getting an abortion for Dewey Dell. According to George Wolf ...
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  • As I Lay Dying - 942 words
    As I Lay Dying is one of William Faulkner's early novels about how a family is torn apart because of conflicting agendas. The character Anse, who is the father in this novel, is probably more responsible more than any other for what eventually goes wrong with his family. We also need to remember that other members of the family are responsible for what happens to themselves. I speak here about the way they allow their father to take advantage of them. If one was to look at the disasters that take place in this novel, we would find two underlying factors that contribute to these fiascoes: Anse's selfishness and lazy behavior. I found myself disgusted with Anse for his faults as an irresponsib ...
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  • As I Lay Dying - 1,208 words
    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. In the end, after Addie is buried, her bereaved husband appears with the second Mrs. Bundren. She brings with her a gramophone as dow ...
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  • As I Lay Dying - Objectivity/subjectivity - 1,045 words
    ter> Through the use of many characters monologues the narrative point of view presents an objective view of what really happened. This statement is not adequate in connection with William Faulkners novel, As I Lay Dying. Though many points of view are expressed through the use of interior monologue, even when compiled, they cannot serve as an objective view of what really happened. There are many monologues by many different people, often with opposing ideas and beliefs. Together the novel is a collection of half-truths, with each set of events shaped by what the current narrator believes is truth. To each individual what they say and think, they consider reality, however it is merely thei ...
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  • As I Lay Dying: The Love Of Family - 469 words
    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). Jewel, Addie's son by Whitfield, is 18 years old. Like Pearl, the product of Hester Prynne's adulterous affair in Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter, Jewel's name is a symbol of the value his mothe ...
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  • Thematic Correlations Between As I Lay Dying And The Old Testament - 1,374 words
    Since its original publication in 1930, the novel As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner has drawn much exploration and critique. Though this analysis is very far reaching and broad in topic, one interesting route of investigation is the novels connection to the Old Testament. One does not have to be a Christian to study the similarities in theme; there are very many occurrences of biblical subject matter and correlation, these having been studied by student and scholar alike. The Old Testament is known commonly as the more historical part of the Bible; it sets up the background knowledge to the New Testament and gives readers an idea of the nature of the times. Many general themes of the Old Te ...
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  • As I Lay Dying - 1,367 words
    "As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner consists of strange happenings throughout the story. One of the most awkward settings in the book is the relationship between husband and wife that occurred between Anse and Addie Bundren. What is seen in the beginning is that of a wife on her deathbed and a caring husband who wants to make everything better for his wife by making her wishes come true. I soon realized that this was just a masking technique Faulkner used to give us the wrong impression on how things were run. The novel opens with Addie Bundren who is dying. She tells her husband she wants to be buried in Jefferson, and as a normal loyal husband would do, Anse felt it was his duty to fulfil ...
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  • Pride - 782 words
    The soldiers of my army were pounding at the walls of the enemy base, ramming into the thick stone and metal with tanks and bulldozers. There was little left on the interior of those walls, having been blown away by mortar shells or destroyed by howitzer fire. The few buildings that retained anything more than a foundation were scarred black and had walls that had fallen in. The base was completely lost, or so I thought. I was in command of the regiment that destroyed the base. I thought myself a master strategist and fancied in my head all the medals and honors and parades that would be held in my honor. In all my smugness and confidence, I had underestimated my opponents. As my men tore th ...
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  • William Faulkner - 763 words
    Faulkner, William (1897-1962), American novelist, known for his epic portrayal, in some 20 novels, of the tragic conflict between the old and the new South. Faulkner's complex plots and narrative style alienated many readers of his early works, but he was recognized later as one of the greatest American writers. Born in New Albany, Mississippi, Faulkner was raised in nearby Oxford as the oldest of four sons of an old-line southern family. In 1915 he dropped out of high school, which he detested, to work in his grandfather's bank. In World War I (1914-1918) he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force but never saw battle action. Back home in Oxford, he was admitted to the University of Mississippi ...
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  • An Examination Of Southern Dialect - 1,414 words
    An Examination of Southern Dialect as Seen in the Works of William Faulkner In the writings of William Faulkner, the reader may sense that the author has created an entire world, which directly reflects his own personal experience. Faulkner writes about the area in and around Mississippi, where he is from, during the post-Civil War period. It is most frequently Northern Mississippi that Faulkner uses for his literary territory, changing Oxford to Jefferson and Lafayette County to Yoknapatawpha County, because it is here that he lived most of his life and wrote of the people he knew. Faulkners stories focus on the Southeastern United States at a time period when old traditions began to clash ...
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  • An Examination Of Southern Dialect - 1,352 words
    ... how he establishes this unconventional dialect. Primarily, Faulkner utilizes the technique of intentional variation of words from standard English orthography or, to be more specific, he purposefully spells words incorrectly. The examples of this in his works occur on a page by page basis. Some of the more common and peculiar, occurring in more than just one of his stories, are Ferginny for Virginia, ricklick for recollect or remember, and gwine or ghy for going to (Brown 19-222). Another similar pronunciation feature of Faulkners work is the combining of two like words to create a new word with a new spelling. Two examples of this action are aggravoke, a blend of aggravate and provoke, ...
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  • William Faulkner - 1,366 words
    William Faulkner is viewed by many as America's greatest writer of prose fiction. He was born in New Albany, Mississippi, where he lived a life filled with good times as well as bad. However, despite bad times he would become known as a poet, a short story writer, and finally one of the greatest contemporary novelists of his time. William Faulkner's accomplishments resulted not only from his love and devotion to writing, but also from family, friends, and certain uncontrollable events. William Faulkner's life is an astonishing accomplishment; however, it is crucial to explore his life prior to his fixated writing career (Mack 1794-1798). In 1905, Faulkner entered the first grade at the tende ...
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  • William Faulkner: The Author And His Times - 1,899 words
    William Faulkner once said that The Sound and the Fury began with a picture in his mind. Four children, a girl and three boys, are playing in a stream near their house. They have been told to stay outdoors, although they don't know why. In fact, their grandmother, who has been very sick, has died, and the grownups are holding a funeral. The girl, more adventurous than her brothers, climbs a tree to catch a better view of what's going on in the house. Watching her from below, the boys notice that she has gotten her underpants muddy. Why was that image--which appears in Benjy's section of The Sound and the Fury-so vivid to Faulkner? Perhaps it reminded him of an important incident in his own l ...
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  • The Beauties Of Excess In Absalom, Absalom! - 548 words
    As physical beings we exist in that spatial-temporal order designated as "nature." But as human beings we also exist in an exclusive realm of "consciousness," which might be described as a vast, collective energy field made up of the signs, i.e. "language," by which humans endeavor to make sense of their existence. This field is beyond the grasp of any single human being, not only its vast and oceanic proportions but its dynamic, protean, organic flow resisting ownership by a single instance of consciousness. Perhaps one individual has tapped into this immense reservoir more completely, more directly, more vitally than any other single member of the human race--William Shakespeare. Who else ...
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  • Rose For Emily - 980 words
    The purpose of this paper is to elaborate on the issue of how William Faulkners works were influenced by his own life experience. William Faulkner is widely regarded not only as the greatest American novelist but also as one of the great novelists of world literature. Born September 25, 1897, in New Albany, Mississippi, Faulkner spent most of his life in Oxford, Mississippi, the small town that provided inspiration for his novels. He began his writing career as a poet, but soon turned to prose, although he retained a poetic, flowery style. His first novel, Soldier's Pa (1926), was a typical postwar novel of disillusion. Mosquitoes (1927), a Huxley-style novel of ideas, concerned a group of a ...
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