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Unformatted text preview: As I Lay Dying William Faulkner 17:02 Published in 1930 59 chapters of different personas/narratives • every chapter attached to a particular person Some themes: • What it means to be human • What it means to love • What it means to have family appreciate them Bundren’s: poor family • Anse very cheap and selfish. He doesn’t work, drives his kids to work Book takes places in Yoknapatawpha County • Fictional region: ironically overlaps with Faulkner’s hometown of Lafayette Key characters: • Bundren Family o Anse and Addie: parents o Cash, Darl, Jewel, Dewey Dell, Vardaman • N eighbors o Vernon and Cora Tull o Daughters Kate and Eula • Doctor Peabody/ Pastor Whitfield • Other folks who help o Samson, Armstid • Town pharmacists o Moseley, MacGowan An important distinction: • Point of view (who is seeing?) o Perceptual : literally seeing from someone’s physical perspective If you were standing where they were, you would see the same view Example: page 3: “Jewel and I come up… hat a full head above my own”...
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- As I Lay Dying, narrator, Narrative mode, Unreliable narrator, Cora Tull