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Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying. New York City: Vintage Books, 1990. Print

As I Lay Dying Seminars
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In William Faulkner’s novel, As I Lay Dying, the youngest character, Vardaman, has a chapter where he says “My mother is a fish” (84). He is going through some psychological drama due to the death of his mother. He is trying to make logic of the situation. He compares his mom to the fish he caught. The fish was once a fish, alive and well, until it was caught, and Vardaman cut it up. The fish was a fish at first, but after it deceased, it wasn’t a fish anymore. He is basically saying that his mother was his mother, until she died, and now she wasn’t anymore. Vardaman didn’t exactly understand the death of his mother, so
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Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying. New York City: Vintage Books, 1990. Print

As I Lay Dying Seminars
(Question 3)

In William Faulkner’s novel, As I Lay Dying, the youngest character, Vardaman, has a chapter where he says “My mother is a fish” (84). He is going through some psychological drama due to the death of his mother. He is trying to make logic of the situation. He compares his mom to the fish he caught. The fish was once a fish, alive and well, until it was caught, and Vardaman cut it up. The fish was a fish at first, but after it deceased, it wasn’t a fish anymore. He is basically saying that his mother was his mother, until she died, and now she wasn’t anymore. Vardaman didn’t exactly understand the death of his mother, so in his eyes, comparing her to a fish, was the best thing he could do. Although Vardaman is a child, I believe that this isn’t a good start for his life. He is always going to have psychological trauma because of his mother’s death. He may not ever recover from this. This situation may have changed his whole perspective on life. For example, after his mother’s death, Vardaman beats Peabody’s horses. He says that he “can hear the stick striking; I can see it hitting their heads, the breast-yoke, missing altogether sometimes as they rear and plunge, but I am glad…. You kilt my maw!” (54). He is obviously really upset, and her death is affecting him. He chooses to act out in a highly violent and negative way, and blame her death on horses. I’m

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