ENG364Y5 Lecture : William Faulkner - "As I Lay Dying"

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Integral to rise of international modernism stream of consciousness. Vardaman brings huge, bloody fish to hy dying mother. Fish died man died my mother is a fish . Golden age of narrations 20s and 30s. Darl has psychological trajectory brilliant but unstable. How to write about a mental breakdown. Lacks frame narrative, narrative continuity, clear single hero, very clear chronological sense of action. Dying, dead telos clear arrival point; narrative moves. Speech to plumb the depths of the characters. Addie is dead but speaks to us, the readers. Epic novel goes to the underworld. Jewel works 2 jobs to buy a horse. Holes filled in with narratives from other characters. Respectful gesture for his wife noble quest. Taking her deceased body to jefferson to be buried with her ancestors. Process of reasoning someone without coherent mind (p. 1936) Darl is still coherent at this point in time. Parallel of uzzah and the ark of the covenant.

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