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In this essay I am going to point out several differences and similarities on a few issues concerning the novels, As I Lay Dying and The Invisible Man.

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  • Essay length: 866 words
  • Submitted: 26/02/2004
University Degree Literary Criticism

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In this essay I am going to point out several differences and similarities on a few issues concerning the novels, As I Lay Dying and The Invisible Man. The three ideas that I will be concentrating on include, the setting used, portrayal of the female characters, and, probably most importantly, the authors personal background. The personal background of the author is the key factor in both character development and interaction, within these two novels.

In Faulkner's novel, As I lay Dying, the story took place in a rural farming community. The mode of transportation consisted of a horse-drawn wagon on unpaved roads. took place with horse drawn wagons on unpaved roads. Small bridges connected the towns together and became difficult to pass when heavy rains occurred. The journey was slow and treacherous

Faulkner portrays a series of loose associations that are good adaptations of human responsibility. The collective goal of the characters is to bury their mother. He contrasts the hopeless eccentricity and reactive nature of what can be barely recognized as a family with a couple of them engrossed in Christina adherence that is that a heavenly reward and a solid work ethic that grants life opportunities and goals. He moves from one character to the next restricting the narrative primarily in the first person, which helps to amplify the isolation of each member and the dysfunctional aspects of their particular viewpoint. He does not address religion or religious beliefs directly. There were numerous references mad to helping out their fellow Christians. Mr. Whitfield was a pastor who had an affair with Addie, a complete hypocrite. Cora also made numerous references to religion throughout the novel. The only time that divine intervention or will is addressed without seeming superficial is in the expression of Cora's beliefs, which are more or less adherence to convention. The dreams of these characters seem to be more down to earth, the desire to get new teeth or own a gramophone or just get rid of an unwanted pregnancy displays the simplicity of life that these characters are living. He wants the reader to see his story from several viewpoints as evidence by his inclusion of 15 characters. . Faulkner attempted to stay away form

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