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Unlock the more straightforward side of As I Lay Dying with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, a novel that brims with many narrative voices that chart the progress of the Bundren family as they journey to a nearby town in in rural Mississippi in order to lay their late mother to rest. Each member of the family has their own priorities and ulterior motives, and the novel explores the conflicts between them as they travel, with the dysfunctional unit they form eventually being broken apart when they reach their destination. As I Lay Dying is one of the best-known novels by William Faulkner, and is considered an important work within the Modernist movement, as well as a classic example of the Southern Gothic novel. Find out everything you need to know about As I Lay Dying in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

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  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 220
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Essay from the year 2015 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 98, , language: English, abstract: This essay analyzes the novel "As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner. So a quick recap: The story starts with the eldest kid of the Bundren family making his mother’s coffin and the mother watching through the window. People gathered around her are depicted as buzzards that are waiting for her to die. Addie Bundren soon after fulfills their silent wish and dies, but not before making her husband, Anse, promise to bury her in her home town Jefferson, 40 miles away. The family waits 3 days for the wagon, and spends a long time in search of a standing bridge since the monstrous storm has collapsed them all. T hey finally try to cross through the ford and partially succeed in doing so: they do make it to the other side with the coffin however, the mules all drown and the eldest son, Cash breaks his leg. They stop in a town on their way to Jefferson in where while the rest looks for cement to build a cast for Cash, the daughter, Dewey Dell goes into a pharmacy to seek medication to abort her pregnancy.

Philosophical Approaches to Literature

By Mary Jewett Gaiser Professor of English William E Cain
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  • Publisher : Bucknell University Press
  • Book Code : 9780838750551
  • Total of Pages : 268
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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This volume presents eleven new essays that reveal how significant nineteenth-and twentieth-century writers have drawn from, and in some cases, opposed major trends in philosophy. Essays in this collection deal with Tennyson, Coleridge, Woolf, Faulkner, De Quincey, Beckett, romance as a genre, the state of contemporary literary theory as shaped by the writings of Wittgenstein, Ricoeur and Derrida, and other topics.

Nobody's Home

By Arnold Weinstein
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 9780195344820
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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Nobody's Home is a bold view of the American novel from its beginnings to the contemporary scene. Focusing on some of the deepest instincts of American life and culture--individual liberty, freedom of speech, constructing a life--Arnold Weinstein brilliantly sketches the remarkable career of the American self in some of the major works of the past one hundred fifty years. Weinstein contends that American writers are haunted by the twin specters of the self as a mirage, as Nobody, and by the brutal forces of culture and ideology that deny selfhood to people on the basis of money, sex, and color of skin. His central thesis is that language makes possible freedoms and accomplishments that are achievable in no other realm, and that American fiction is a fascinating record of the human fight against coercion, of the kinds of maneuvering room that we may find in life and in art. This study is unique in several respects: it offers some of the keenest readings of major American texts that have ever been written, including some of the most significant works of the past decades, and it fashions a rich and supple view of the American novel as a writerly form of freedom, in sharp contrast to today's critical emphasis on blindness and co-option.

A William Faulkner Encyclopedia

By Robert W. Hamblin,Charles A. Peek
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  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Book Code : 9780313298516
  • Total of Pages : 490
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 101
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In a distillation of the extensive research on William Faulkner and his work, Hamblin and Peek's book is an authoritative guide to the author's life, literature, and legacy. Arranged alphabetically, the entries in this reference discuss Faulkner's works and major characters and themes, as well as the literary and cultural contexts in which his texts were conceived, written, and published. There are also entries for relatives, friends, and other persons important to Faulkner's biography; historical events, persons, and places; social and cultural developments; and literary and philosophical terms and movements. Entries are written by expert contributors and most provide bibliographic information for further study. The volume closes with a bibliography and detailed index.

Textual Bodies

By Michael Kaufmann
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  • Publisher : Bucknell University Press
  • Book Code : 9780838752609
  • Total of Pages : 156
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 392
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"Many have commented on the unusual appearance of modernist novels, but few have bothered to examine what part is played by the unusual typography, paginal arrangement, and binding in the works themselves. Examining Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, Stein's Tender Buttons, Joyce's Finnegans Wake, and William Gass's Willie Masters' Lonesome Wife, Michael Kaufmann shows how these writers exposed the printed surface of their works and eventually made the print a part of the fiction itself." "Earlier English novels always presented themselves as printed artifacts - letters, diaries, logs - but by the nineteenth century, writers played down the physical form of the novel, positing the book as a space for tale-telling and not of reading. Print was simply the transparent medium that delivered the tale. In the twentieth century, modernist writers were aware that print had been subtly shaping language and consciousness, so they felt the necessity for exposing the printed page. To make readers aware of the print itself, modernists broke up the conventional arrangements of the page and the book." "Kaufmann shows the gradual opening of the "iconic space" of the novel from Faulkner and Stein to Joyce and Gass. Stein breaks with the conventional arrangement in Tender Buttons to split the husk of "meaning" that words had acquired through use. Her apparent nonsense turned out to be the only way she could find to make sense. Faulkner and Joyce employ a more conventional paginal arrangement, but bring their narratives into the space of the page. As I Lay Dying speaks itself, physically enacting the narrative. The enactment calls attention to the printed surface and shows the composed rows of interchangeable type comprising the narrative. In Finnegans Wake Joyce overuses the conventions of print until they become visible as conventions. Readers see fully the various textual spaces of the book - alphabetic, lexical, paginal, and compositional. More spectacularly, the paginal space becomes narratival space; the printed characters on the page are the fictional characters." "The final novel studied, Gass's Willie Masters' Lonesome Wife, meditates on its fictions, especially the fictions of its physical form, its body. Gass uses the textual space of the novel with a thoroughness similar to Joyce's. The book, the wife, sounds a simultaneous delight and despair at the form that gives her the visible body of language but which also encloses her bodiless voice in a skin of print." "Recognizing the printed body of the modernist text as one of its defining features, argues Kaufmann, helps define high modernism, and identifies the modernist strain of some writers considered postmodernist."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Sanctuary

By William Faulkner
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  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Book Code : 0307793559
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 113
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A powerful novel examining the nature of evil, informed by the works of T. S. Eliot and Freud, mythology, local lore, and hardboiled detective fiction, Sanctuary is the dark, at times brutal, story of the kidnapping of Mississippi debutante Temple Drake, who introduces her own form of venality into the Memphis underworld where she is being held.

Banned in the U.S.A.

By Herbert N. Foerstel
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  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Book Code : 9780313311666
  • Total of Pages : 296
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 257
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Looks at censorship in American schools and libraries, and includes a section of the fifty most banned books from 1996 through 2000, including newcomer Harry Potter.

The Reivers

By William Faulkner
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  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Book Code : 0307792218
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 713
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One of Faulkner's comic masterpieces, The Reivers is a picaresque that tells of three unlikely car thieves from rural Mississippi. Eleven-year-old Lucius Priest is persuaded by Boon Hogganbeck, one of his family's retainers, to steal his grandfather's car and make a trip to Memphis. The Priests' black coachman, Ned McCaslin, stows away, and the three of them are off on a heroic odyssey, for which they are all ill-equipped, that ends at Miss Reba's bordello in Memphis. From there a series of wild misadventures ensues--involving horse smuggling, trainmen, sheriffs' deputies, and jail.

A Companion to Faulkner Studies

By Charles Peek,Charles A. Peek,Robert W. Hamblin
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  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Book Code : 9780313320309
  • Total of Pages : 417
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 163
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Individual chapters by expert contributors survey and evaluate critical approaches to Faulkner's works.

William Faulkner

By Hyatt H. Waggoner
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  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Book Code : 0813164907
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 145
  • Pdf File: william-faulkner.pdf

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Combining explications of William Faulkner's novels and short stories with thematic analysis, Hyatt H. Waggoner works from the close reading of a specific work outward to its most general meanings and relationships. By this method he has made a significant contribution to the understanding of Faulkner's career and artistic achievement. Waggoner examines both better and lesser-known works, which yield valuable insights into Faulkner's development when treated in relation to his whole body of work. The author also addresses the major themes which emerge from critical analyses of individual works: Faulkner's uneasy relationship with his Christian background and his unchanging conception of the role of the artist related to his changing practice as a writer. Waggoner concludes that Faulkner's artistic career reflects a creatively productive, but tortured and ambiguous, relationship with his community.