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Evaluation of As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner Essay

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The novel "As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner follows a family who is on a trip to spoil their recently deceased mother, in the town of Jefferson. The novel is told from the view of monologues, told by each of the characters struck throughout the story. Especially, Darl Bundren seems to be the protagonist character in this publication. Darl is the 2nd oldest of the Bundren kids and appears to be isolated by the rest of the household. Since the novella progresses the reader is made aware of fluctuations from Darl's mindset and also the reasons for why he might be changing this particular way. Darl is misunderstood by his loved ones and by the other figures around him. Darl Bundren loves his mommy Addie Bundren, and it is apparent that the passing of her creates internal chaos for Darl. It isn't always the death of Addie that brings strain to Darl, however it is the death which makes Darl come into a realization that Addie preferred her son Jewel across the remainder of the Bundren children, including himself. In a part of the publication where Cora Tull is having a dialogue with Addie, she recalls Addie referring to Jewel as "My cross and he will be my salvation. He will save me out of the water and from the fire" (1755). Darl is a really clever character who tends to stay hushed through the novel and only observes and understands the environment around him. His intellect and silent behavior lead him to thinking to himself more and living on such thoughts like Jewel function as favourite son. These tears Darl up indoors, developing a pressure on Darl which eventually transforms Darl to a cruel old brother to Jewel. Consequently Darl already has his suspicions of Jewel and whether or not he is actually his broth...

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