In fact, he was working a graveyard shift at a power plant. Anse was looking for a new set of false teeth. This is the fictional setting of most of Faulkner's novels, and it's based on his home of Lafayette County. Addie's section is narrated in terse, cryptic, and expository prose because Addie is a person who has tried to solve some of the basic problems of life and has failed. Moreover, the views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of Inquiries Journal or Student Pulse, its owners, staff, contributors, or affiliates. But I had been used to words for a long time. It is not her death though that sparks the action in the novel, but rather her dying wish, to be buried in her hometown of Jefferson.
His destruction has a tragic depth and dignity. Anse, his wife just recently buried, finds a new wife in town. The medicine was made out of butter and soot, to draw out the fire. As I Lay Dying is told in individual sections, so that the narration of the story shifts from one character to another. The final monologue features relatively few prepositional phrases diminishing the intensity of his perceptions.
The novel is a series of interior monologues, and through these fragmented passages we piece together the story of 's death and the transport of her body to Jefferson. Beyond the unlamped wall I can hear the rain shaping the wagon that is ours, the load that is no longer theirs that felled and sawed it nor yet theirs that bought it and which is not ours either, lie on our wagon though it does, since only the wind and the rain shape it only to Jewel and me, that are not asleep. Another character Faulkner instills duty on is Darl. The curiously discerning Darl prods Jewel by saying his mom is a stallion, recommending that what Jewel feels for the steed is the thing that he feels for his mom. With Vardaman, we have another type of difficulty.
Although his ramblings at the beginning of the novel border on the maniacal, Vardaman proves to be a thoughtful and innocent child. This is either a flashback or she's narrating from her coffin - we can't tell. He does not deserve dismissal; in fact, his language provides so many levels that we may consider. Monologue one is comprised of 22 sentences, which feature multiple layering and subordination. Technically, Darl is both, because his role is essentially that of an onlooker — a kind of Ur-anschauer or primordial peeping Tom.
What if, instead of one narrator, we have 15? In this book, and others of this series, it was commonplace to find sentences that stretched on for a page in order to create mood, multiple narrators, or short stories complicated with a stream-of-consciousness blather that was hard to understand. This is not a major factor or known to be a rebellion; however, he is the only member of the family known to have left the south at any time. The task of decoding greatness, unraveling the tools an author uses to demonstrate his craft, is no small feat. Oxford: U of Mississippi P, 1995. I would think of sin as I would think of the clothes we both wore. Gresset offers: What Darl embodies in the overall structure of the novel as a work of fiction is the symbolic function of the glance in any literary text. Plot Summary As the story begins, Addie is dying hence the title! Faulkner paved the way for a new generation of writing; he took a chance on the unlikely.
Each section falls somewhere in the range from confessional to stream-of-consciousness. He is the detached, separated Darl. But the weather intervenes, and floodwaters require that the cortege take detours. This causes a rift between the two half-brothers. Thus the outside narrators all present their sections without any degree of complication. This is a mind that can express itself only through acts of violence and thus Jewel narrates only one section.
In both of these novels, Faulkner built on a tradition begun by modernist authors like James Joyce and Virginia Woolf. And if it sounds like a challenge, it most definitely is. He strolls quickly around as though in a wrath and individuals fear him. Money and wealth contribute to the image a person presents. In the Story, he portrayed himself as being a very selfish individual. Clearly with the creation of Darl, and so many of his other characters, Faulkner gave us a profoundly interesting character worthy of study. References to self, clearly absent in monologue one, play an integral role in monologue nineteen.
Then we get a chapter from Addie. While Jewel acts viciously towards his steed, it ought to be understood that Jewel is after all portrayed by viciousness. I will sweat… and if I sweat, then I will die. He hopes the reader anxiously awaits the discovery of what will next present itself to the individuals who are making this expedition. New York: Random House, 1964. He hires Darl, Jewel, and Cash for odd jobs, and helps the family cross the river in spite of its overt hostility toward him.
Jewel, meanwhile, saves his mother's body from the fire, just as he saved her coffin from the swollen river, thus fulfilling his mother's prophecy that Jewel would save her. The next day, they arrive in Jefferson and bury Addie. Cash is the paragon of patience and selflessness, almost to the point of absurdity. And what if we have to figure out the plot and understand the characters through 59 chapters, while the narrator is constantly changing? But Jewel refuses to sit in the wagon, preferring to follow behind on his horse. But the sections are not simple. Whitfield - The local minister.
Vardaman has trouble cleaning the fish and appears to be doing more harm than good, but eventually, the fish is cooked and the affair is over. He explains all the angles that are necessary in making the thing tight and remain together. He stayed on the farm and helped out his mother and father until the years grew by and he turned thirty. Therefore, this novel should be included in a list of works with high literary merit because it is unique. Trade assembles the pine box out the perspective of his diminishing mother. The Bundrens try to ford the river.