Essay about William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying

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William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying In William Faulkner's novel, As I Lay Dying many points of view are expressed through the use of interior monologue, but even when they are all put together, they can't serve as an objective view of what really happened. In the book, there are many monologues by many different people, often with opposing ideas and beliefs. Together the novel is a book of half-truths, with each set of events formed by what the narrator believes is the truth. To each individual what they say and think they consider a reality, however, it is merely their own perception of reality and consequently it becomes subjective. In the following essay, I will describe the structure the author uses in the book and the underlying…show more content…
The reader can't gain an objective idea of what really happened during that period of time. Another example of an actual incident and of people's opposing views coming into conflict with the "reality" of what was going on was with Cora and Darl. "He did not answer. He just stood and looked at his dying mother, his heart too full for words (Faulkner 24-25)." This is how Cora views Darl, as a kind and loving son, the private favorite and love of Addie. Darl however, appears to be indifferent to his mother and the three dollar load. Everyone else knows that Jewel is, in fact, the favorite child; this makes the characters unreliable in retelling the actual events to the reader. Each monologue is "clouded" with the viewpoints and ideas of the character narrating it, so it is impossible to have an objective account of what really happened. Using the form that Faulkner uses we can also see that while Darl narrates many chapters in the novel, and is viewed as the most "reliable" character, this idea is ruined when he is sent to an asylum. "Darl has gone to Jackson. They put him on the train, laughing, down the long car laughing; the heads turn like the heads of owls when he passed (Faulkner 254)." In Darl's final monologue he refers to
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