As I Lay Dying Rhetorical Devices

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Rhetorical Chiasmus Essay As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner depicts a series of narratives through Dewey Dell in the 1920’s. Dell is Adies only daughter, who suffers traumatic stress involving her mother's death and her concealed pregnancy. Faulkner displays a chiasmus affect through the changes of Dell’s; personal thoughts, personality, encounters with others, and flashbacks.” In chapter 7, Dewey Dell is portrayed as a mourning individual who’s absent minded to her dying mother, due to her personal problems. Her personality and thought process is repetitive, forcing readers to pay attention and cypher what she’s trying to highlight. “We picked on down the row, the woods getting closer and closer and the secret shade, picking on into the secret …show more content…

Portraying this, Dell repetitive speech “It's because I'm alone. If I could just feel it, it would be different, because I would not be alone. But if I were not alone, everybody would know it. And he could do so much for me, and then I would not be alone. Then I could be all right alone." (pg. 56-57) forces the reader to further interpret Dell’s given knowledge. Dell talks very informal, which in some cases can throw people off topic, however she uses this to her advantage which grabs the reader's attention. “I heard that my mother is dead. I wish I had time to let her die. I wish I had time to wish I had.” Acknowledging this puts Dell in a trance because she now realises that she is the only girl within the Bundren family, and as the woman of the family, she will have more duties to serve. The thought of Lafe also brother's Dell considering they are not married and she’s pregnant by him. Dewey Dell older brother, Darl knows “are you going to tell pa are you going to kill him?”. This changed Dewey Dell she now knows she is alone with nobody to talk to about her temptation and cannot trust her brother Darl since he might say something to her father. She has also attacked him for the fear of him saying something. She is now the woman in the family who have to take care of the family needs since in this time period women were the only one’s …show more content…

Already have received the money from Lafe, everything was going good until her father found her money. Anse was accused for being a thief when taking the money by Dell and this brought shame upon him. “I have fed you and sheltered you. I give you love and care, yet my own daughter, the daughter of my dead wife, calls me a thief over her dead mother’s grave.” This is the pivotal moment of Dewel Dell. By far, this confrontation has been the worst, and out of all people, her dad was the one to call shame upon her. Unable to count on her father since he is relentlessly selfish, she take matters into her own hands; going as far as to fornicate with the doctor as a substitute of money Her brothers; she cannot count on them either, Vardaman is too young to understand while Jewel thinks is better than everyone ones and is not part of the family and does whatever he

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