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As I Lay Dying. By William Faulkner 1930. Narrative Voice. What do we expect from a narrator? What do we keep in mind when we have a first person perspective? Consider while reading: How does this novel compare with the narrative perspective of other novels read this year?

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As i lay dying

As I Lay Dying

By William Faulkner

1930


Narrative voice

Narrative Voice

  • What do we expect from a narrator?

  • What do we keep in mind when we have a first person perspective?

  • Consider while reading: How does this novel compare with the narrative perspective of other novels read this year?

  • Terms to KNOW as you evaluate this text:

  • Realism: objective or even scientific narrative view

  • Modernism: personal and subjective point of view.


Perspectives

Perspectives

  • “Faulkner often told his stories using multiple narratives, each with their own interests and biases, who allow us to piece together the 'true' circumstances of the story, not as clues in a mystery, but as different melodies in a piece of music that form a crescendo. The conclusion presents a key to understanding the broad panorama surrounding the central event in a way that traditional linear narratives simply are unable to accomplish.” - Evan Goodwin.

  • Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, like history, will be made up of sometimes competing or confusing bits of knowledge, based on the often competing perspective of the viewer.

  • Discuss: what are the strengths and weaknesses of learning about something or someone through multiple perspectives?


Reading journal

Reading Journal

  • As you read, you must maintain a journal on As I Lay Dying. Write down thoughts, questions, and ideas about the novel. Journal entries should be in paragraph form, numbered and dated

  • Notice repetition, contradiction, and objects that hint at a deeper symbolic meaning.

  • Be sure to include page numbers to relevant passages in the text. The journal is NOT optional. At least 15 entries should be made


As you read consider these points

As you read, consider these points:

  • What does this character reveal about himself?

  • What do we learn about the characters that they did not intentionally reveal?

  • What do we know about him from others?

  • What is his role in the novel?

  • What major symbols are associated with this character, and what might they mean?

  • What do we learn about the setting and culture through the characters' voices?


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