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William Faulkner a Renowned Novelist Term Paper

… After the death of her father, when Emily was free to choose and do what she willed, she came in contact with a man who Faulkner has named Homer Barron. Mentally immature, Emily clung onto him and fell deeply in love with him. The whole town was aware of their affair and wondered if they were already married to each other. Soon Homer disappeared and it was assumed that he and Emily were married. When the women went to explore Emily's house they came across a room which was not opened and the townspeople went to open that room. The room was full of dust and was "decked and furnished as for a bridal." Male clothing was found there which included shoes, collar, suit and…. [read more]

William Faulkner's as I Lay Dying Thesis

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William Faulkner is a novelist noted for his use of language and for his experimentation with language in his fiction. Point-of-view is of particular importance in Faulkner's works, along with a sense of time, both of which are expressed in the way Faulkner uses language.

A recurring theme involve the way the past impinges on the present or shapes the present by tying the contemporary Southerner to the slave era and to the damages that era caused for the South as a whole. Within a narrative, Faulkner will often show different attitudes toward time and specifically toward the past by whether or not a sequence is written in the usual third person past tense or is written in first person, shifting point-of-view…. [read more]

Critics and Time Regarding William Faulkner Thesis

… ¶ … William Faulkner's treatment of time in his novels. As to William T. Going suggests, "At the core of any fruitful discussion of meaning and narrative method must lie some understanding of Faulkner's treatment of time" (53).

Much of the discussion regarding Faulkner's affinity for playing with the constructs of time revolves around Faulkner's influence by the French philosopher Henri Bergson. Bergson's view of time is rooted in the manner in which it relates to reality. In the Creative Mind: An Introduction to Metaphysics (1946) Bergson divides the concept of time into two distinguishable forms. The first is pure time, which occurs during the legitimate duration of reality. The second is mathematical time, which cannot be used to analyze real time, but can be…. [read more]

Modernist as I Lay Dying Term Paper

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As I lay Dying

As I lay Dying by William Faulkner should be understood and analyzed in the context of the modernist literary and philosophical movement. This movement in thought and art began in the early Twentieth Century and it is characterized by the central theme of the search for meaning and the understanding of existence in a modern world that seems devoid of meaning. The philosophy of existentialism became popular during this period. Existentialism is in essence concerned the search for inner meaning and significance in the world. It suggests questions such as; what are we; what is the meaning of everyday existence and experience; is there is a larger meaning to life than the emptiness of daily repetition? Although these…. [read more]

Mystery in William Faulkner's a Rose Thesis

… ¶ … Mystery in William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily"

William Faulkner's short story, "A Rose for Emily," captures our attention because it is a love story and a mystery at the same time. The love story is embedded in the dark mystery that surrounds Miss Emily, a mysterious old lady that grows increasingly eccentric with time. Faulkner paints an incredible picture by setting up the story and enticing the reader with the mystery that surrounds Miss Emily. That alone is enough to keep us reading. We want to know what it is about her that warrants a short story. We do not know until the last paragraphs of the story and Faulkner's ability to keep us reading until those last words demonstrates his skill…. [read more]

William Faulkner Haunting: Stream of Consciousness, Flashbacks Thesis

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Stream of Consciousness, Flashbacks, and Reminiscence as Emphasis of William Faulkner's Theme of the Presence of the Past in Three Works of Fiction

Whether it is the stinking body of Addie Bundren drug through fire and flood, the nightshirt clad bones of Homer Baron "in the attitude of an embrace" (a Rose V), or the ghost of Abner Snopes's once stable economic status, the presence of the past haunts much of William Faulkner's fiction. Often, the presence of the past is so strong that it causes a sort of delusion among Faulkner's characters and the society that surrounds them. In as I Lay Dying, Addie Bundren's children operate under some confusion as to whether she is dead or alive. They assign her…. [read more]

As I Lay Dying Family Dysfunction Thesis

… ¶ … Dying: Five critical perspectives on William Faulkner's novel

Ted Atkinson of The Faulkner Journal views William Faulkner's 1930 novel As I Lay Dying as a historical as well as an artistic product. The novel portrays the children and other surviving family members of Addie Bundren taking their mother to be buried in a coffin one of her sons, Cash, fashioned with his own hands. The Great Depression illustrated the failure of American aspirations of autonomy, thus the novel portrays an enmeshed family structure through the use of its multiple perspectives. According to Atkinson, Cash's half-brother Jewel sees Cash's construction of the coffin as an extension of Cash's privileged relationship with his mother, a relationship his half-brother implicitly envies. Jewel deflates the construction of…. [read more]

Dying William Faulkner's Novel Essay

… Unfortunately, in making the holes, Vardaman accidentally drills into his mother's head. He is ignorant of the truth of the world and, in his attempts to right perceived wrongs, he performs a desecration of the past. In the antebellum period, many historians tried to glorify what it would have been like to grow up before the Civil War in a south which would have been ruled by plantation ownership and the practice of slavery. They recreate famous Civil War battles and reminiscent longingly over the period of petticoats and coaches. Even modern southerners look back on the time of the antebellum and celebrate it through Civil Ware reenactments and a supposed devotion to history. Yet, like Vardaman, in trying to recapture historical moments, the present…. [read more]

Dying the American Family in Faulkner Research Proposal

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The American Family in Faulkner's As I Lay Dying

The transitional period between the Jazz Age and the Great Depression was an inflection point in American history. The promise and excess of the American Dream were subsiding, revealing in their broken place a great deal of exploited, neglected and excluded people. It is their struggle which concerned many of the period's most important literary figures. William Faulkner, a working class resident of the Mississippi that he discussed in so much of his work, would serve as an important vessel for illuminating the story of America's sad underside. In 1930, with the nation's economy collapsing and widespread poverty causing massive rural suffering, places such as Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County would be tragically revealing of…. [read more]

Right and Wrong Term Paper

… ¶ … DYING is William Faulkner's story, which bears his trademark i.e. multi-layer consciousness. The story like all other works of Faulkner appears simple on the surface but hides layers beneath layers of meaning that can be unearthed with the help of symbols, imagery and narrative analysis. The story revolves around the burial of female protagonist, Addie who has four children, three boys and a girl and the story opens with her death scene. The woman is on her deathbed and it is her earnest wish to be buried in Jefferson, a place of her ancestors. Addie's husband Anse is determined to fulfill her last wish even though he is anything but a good husband. This is where we notice a conflict arising. Why would…. [read more]

Effect of Family Structure on Children in as I Lay Dying Research Proposal

… Family Dysfunction, Economic Distress, and Sexual Tension in as I Lay Dying

William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying presents the story of the poor and dysfunctional Bundren family in Mississippi, as they take their deceased wife and mother, Addie, from their home to a town that lays a day's ride away for burial. It is told in a number of narratives from different characters who take part in the story, including family members and townsfolk. The stream of conscious style of storytelling relays an intriguing blend of honesty, brutality, and weirdness that is characteristic of many of Faulkner's tales of the South. Each chapter presents a piece of a puzzle that must be put together in the reader's mind in order to get a clear…. [read more]

Dying Is a Unique Novel Term Paper

… According to Shields McElWaine, "The life of Anse suggests several aspects of poor-white mentality as presented by both Faulkner and Caldwell: first, the tendency of limited minds to obsessions; second, a marked insensitivity; and third, a somewhat paradoxical acuteness, perhaps better -- sensibility." (McLlwaine, 229)

From another perspective, Darl can be seen as the protagonist of the novel as he narrates the most chapters and can be said to be the most intelligent. The reader identifies with him more because his thought processes are more rational and better understood. Many of his interior monologues are fairly straightforward despite being a stream-of-conscious narrative. Because of his sensitivity and isolation from the other characters, most readers come to rely heavily on Darl's version of events. Darl is…. [read more]

Faulkner's Southern Characters' Motivation Term Paper

… Then Quentin tells them to his roommate Shreve at Harvard. Quentin’s version of events as he tells them differs from the versions he received in terms of where he puts the emphasis. In his telling of the story of Sutpen, Quentin reveals his own bias, his own love for the myth of the South (Miller). And as Dobbs points out, Quentin is too enamored of the South to move forward meaningfully. He is too tragic in this sense.

Thomas Sutpen’s motivations are thus filtered through the various lenses provided by Quentin in Absalom, Absalom!—but they can be discerned more or less by what he does. Sutpen is idealistic and wants to be great. He comes from poverty, but has an idea that he can…. [read more]

Armant S, Jr. Never-Ending Relationships Essay

… While Emily may appear to be the winner of the situation (because she does succeed in taking Homer's life), it is really Homer -- the man -- who has all the control -- even in death because his memory holds Emily hostage. Homer has gone on to be free in death, but Emily will forever be a prisoner of her mind.

Granny and Emily can be viewed externally as strong woman, but upon closer inspection, the women are victims of love. Emily grew into a strange woman, mocked by the neighborhood children while Granny became a cantankerous old woman -- annoyed by even her very own children. Even on her deathbed Granny's children annoy her. "She lay and drowsed, hoping in her sleep that the…. [read more]

Compare and Contrast Eva Peace From Sula and Addie Bundren From as I Lay Dying Term Paper

… EVA Peace and Addie Bunden

Toni Morrison's Eva Peace and William Faulkner's Addie Bunden, present a clear portrait of the complexities of identity in the post-Civil War south for the African-American s. To describe these books as "complex" does little to assist us in understanding their true power.

What both works accomplish is a summation of the comprehensive and pervasive effects of centuries of slavery wrought upon the African-American psyche. To internalize a perpetual state of hopelessness, to be forced into a life not of your choosing, to know that there is no hope for better, no chance to strike it rich, to become famous, to succeed in life at all, is something so utterly incomprehensible to many that it takes books like Sula. And…. [read more]

Good Man Is Hard Term Paper

… It is clear O'Connor understood her characters completely, and knew exactly what she wanted them to accomplish as she wrote. Critics have called her work some of the finest fiction the South has to offer and this story clearly shows why. The characters, even "The Misfit" make the reader care about them, and the story pulls the reader along with the family as they follow the road to its' inevitable conclusion. The reader cares when "The Misfit" shoots the family, and really wants to believe there is enough good in him to spare the Grandmother. Of course, he does not, and that is the ultimate message of this story. The Grandmother may have touched this violent and evil man, but not enough to really make…. [read more]

Eliot's "The Love Song Term Paper

… He does not believe he is worthy of the mermaids' songs, and this is not only sad, but wistful, too. It is quite clear he would love to have the mermaids sing to him, just as he can visualize them under the waves. He is looking back over his life throughout the poem, and he speaks of all he knows, but yet, he still does not feel worthy, and he is alone. There is no one with him to share his dreams, and that is a very sad way to end a life.

Eliot uses many methods throughout this poem to convey meaning and theme, and this passage is no exception. He uses descriptive language, charming scenes, and well-known images to convey quite an abstract…. [read more]

Sylvia Plath's Lady Lazarus: The Carnival Barker Research Paper

… Sylvia Plath's "Lady Lazarus:" the carnival barker of personal tragedy

The 20th century feminist poet Sylvia Plath is almost as famous for her biography as she is for the greatness of her poetry, despite the fact that her confessional style has proven to be so influential upon subsequent generations of poets. Plath's suicide attempts while still an undergraduate at Smith College, coupled with her untimely demise as a young mother at her own hands has caused many critics to interpret her work solely through the lens of her personal life ("Sylvia Plath," The Academy of American Poets, 2011). Plath, however, in all of her poems often takes on different 'voices' or personas. Even her autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar was originally published under a pseudonym…. [read more]

Edgar Allen Poe Tale Term Paper

… You are rich, respected, admired, beloved...You are a man to be will be ill and I cannot be responsible," (Poe,). Montresor's concern about the well being of Fortunato is darkly humorous, as the only care Montresor has is to successfully kill his friend. Montresor falls back on the ploy to appeal to Fortunato's pride by invoking once again the name of Luchesi. Fortunato falls for it and the pair continues into the depths of the catacombs. By far the most poignant use of verbal irony by Poe in "The Cask of Amontillado" comes when Fortunato claims, "it will not kill me. I shall not die of a cough," (Poe,). Montresor replies, "True -- true," as the character ponders the irony of that statement. Fortunato…. [read more]

Friends and Family Term Paper

… Friends and Family

Dealing with the Grief Caused by Losing a Loved One

My mother is not in the box. My mother does not smell like that. My mother is a fish," (Faulkner 196), there are many strange tales of grief ridden characters internalizing their misery in strange ways. Reviewing the work of William Faulkner's as I Lay Dying, Emily Dickinson's 184th poem, and William Shakespeare's classic a Winter's Tale, one can see examples of the strange behavior of characters dealing with the loss of a loved one. Faulkner explores the question of existing in the aftermath a mother's death; Dickson becomes obsessed with the vision of her own death as a response to a trauma in her real life, and Shakespeare portrays a king…. [read more]

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