In As I Lay Dying, the darkly humorous story of the poor white Bundren family's journey from farm to town to bury its matriarch Addie, Faulkner uses the experimental forms associated with modernism to depict the impact of the sociocultural era called modernity, and the processes of urbanization and industrialization known as modernization, on poor whites in the rural South. Understanding the novel's engagement with rural life in the modern era redefines the relationship of Faulkner's work to the literature and politics of its Depression era context, exposes the social and aesthetic import of rural obsolescence, and suggests a means of rethinking modernism writ large. Through this personage, the novel explores the creation of the modern, laying
In a broken, worn neighborhood with violence and poverty, a young girl named ashes must make a decision that will affect the people in her life. Ashes a young girl with parents who can't get along, a worn neighborhood with little money and the choice to help her father steal money from her mother or refuse to steal. Ashes took the money because she was influenced by her father, her mother never had a secure relationship with her, and ashes believed more in her father and cared more than her mother. Ashes was influenced by her father, she would do anything for her father to help him. Ash's father needs ashes to steal the money for him instead of him having to steal and possibly go to jail, he states “No, I just thought maybe you could borrow
In William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, Faulkner employs several points of view to immerse readers into the complex and absurd world of the Bundren family. By utilizing various characters’ first person narratives, Faulkner allows readers to be drawn into the compelling yet somehow simultaneously repulsive family dynamics, offering only a few brief glimpses into how other individuals see the Bundrens from an outside perspective. This narration style creates an incredibly unreliable retelling of the story, while at the same time giving readers a chance to view the chain of morbid events that compose the plot of As I Lay Dying from the point of view of the very family that partakes in such insanity.
In “The Funeral,” the narrator Henry James shows condescending and playful tone towards the people attending the funeral. But not being focus on the actual funeral and drawing his attention to the people, he grieve at all, as you usually do in a funeral. The author’s diction expresses his mischievous attitude toward the funeral. When the first arrives, he points out that the elements of “groteque” was noticeable.
One of the few things that are certain in life is that it eventually comes to an end, and this is a constant truth which applies to every person from every corner of the earth. Therefore, it is only natural that most authors have used the theme of death in their literary works. Beowulf’s heroic sacrifice, Hamlet’s philosophic pondering on the after-world, Poe’s attraction to the ominous and mysterious side of un-being, all show different aspects of this multi-faceted subject. In Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying”, death itself can be considered to be the protagonist, and even in the mind of a child, Vardaman, who cannot fully understand it yet, it remains an obsessive and haunting thought.
William Faulkner had a faith in humanity that few possess. In his 1950 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, he proclaimed that, “man will not merely endure: he will prevail”. He felt humans contained a certain compassion in our spirits, which is very valuable. Faulkner views America as a place where people often have more compassion or intelligence than they let on, especially in the rural areas. Everyone is capable of having these traits, but not everyone uses them.
Dying Wish If one was to live in Oxford, Mississippi, there is a good chance he would gain something from his experiences there. Whether it be from the people he would meet, or the places he would go, there is a part of Oxford that will stick with him forever. William Faulkner was one of these people.
There is a saying in Chinese, 每个人都会经过生老病死, that in life, everyone will go through birth, aging, sickness and then finally, death. Death is unavoidable for everyone and every living creature. Even the non-living would have to “face death” and cease to exist one day. Just like what Steve Jobs had once said, “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there.
In As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner uses the characters Anse and Cash, and a motif/symbol in "My mother is a fish," to reveal the psychological and societal problems of the twenties and thirties. Written as soon as the panic surrounding the stock market in 1929 started, Faulkner is reported as having, “took one of these [onion] sheets, unscrewed the cap from his fountain pen, and wrote at the top in blue ink, 'As I Lay Dying. ' Then he underlined it twice and wrote the date in the upper right-hand corner"(Atkinson 15) We must take care to recognize Faulkner not as a man of apathy, but one of great compassion and indignation at the collapse of the economic foundation of the U.S. This is central in appreciating the great care with which he describes the desolation and poor landscape of Yoknapatawpha County, which is where As I Lay Dying takes place.
The topic of death seems to be a trend among many poets since it is widely used and referred to in several works. Both Edna St. Vincent Millay and Dylan Thomas are no strangers to this ongoing phenomena. Millay 's "Dirge Without Music" and Thomas ' "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" are examples of two poems who tackles on the topic of death. The former 's title in itself is ironical, where it is talking about a funeral music without the music. It is then hinted to be a sad poem almost initially by just reading the title.
Grant’s white horses finally arrive for him and he become more aware and gathers insight about how to learn and cope with tragedies in his life. Waiting for white horses is the theme by how people will become able to receive intuition about the journey of their life. There is an idea expressed towards the end of the book that describes Grant’s dad’s funeral. It is the idea of a funeral being sad that I refute with. I disagree with the books thoughts and believe that funerals should not be mournful, but in fact they should celebrate and reflect someone’s life and also celebrate the beginning of one.