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In its broadest terms, the structure of  As I Lay Dying  revolves around the preparations for and the  actual journey from the Bundren farm to a town forty miles away in order to bury Addie Bundren.  During the journey, several difficulties are encountered. So, in one sense, the novel has a linear  structure based upon the movement of the funeral procession traversing the forty miles from the  Bundren farm to Jefferson. But the novel is also structured in such a way that the author has virtually  removed himself from the story. He allows his characters to tell their own story. Accordingly, each of  the fifty-nine sections is narrated by some character in the novel. Even though there are several  important narrators who are not Bundrens, the largest number of the sections is presented by one or  the other of the Bundrens. By using a different narrator for each section, Faulkner accomplishes many things. First, he allows or 
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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