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By telling the story through the voices of several narrators, Faulkner provided deep observations of a Southern family's move to a new town and life. The book is not only compelling because of the story, but also because of the depth and richness of the characters.
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CliffsNotes on As I Lay Dying takes you into the lives of not one, but several narrators in this novel about the value of life. The central problem of the novel involves the reasons for Addies request to be buried and why her family defies fire and water to fulfill it.
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- Information on the life and background of William Faulkner
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About the Author
A Fullbright scholar at the University of Vienna, JAMES L. ROBERTS was Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He taught extensively at major universities throughout the world.
Table of Contents
Life and Background.
Structure and Narrative Technique.
List of Narrator-Characters.
Analysis and Commentary.
Addie Bundren and the Birth of Her Children.
Darl and Addie Bundren: A General Interpretation.
Notes on Main Characters.
Faulkner's Style and Imagery.