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.
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 the literary spotlight and his life as greatly affected by his family. He describes his heritage in many of his literary characters again alluding to the close relationship with his family. The structure of the novel is powerful and innovative perhaps giving us insight to the powerful effects of his family in his life. He depicts women as real, knowledgeable, and simple. They represent their own place in society, Dewey Dell simple but makes mistakes as evidence in her affair with a pastor and then the unending search for an abortion. They were sexual beings longing for others affections.
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Ellison experiences loosed associations that are adaptive to human personality except in the fact that the deviations of the members of society affect the inequity and injury to the life of the individual. Ellison contrasts the innocent aspirations of a youth with the seemingly hopeless state of every aspect of society. It is compromised or shattered dreams blend with bitter feelings in a crowded denial of the worth of education or honest endeavor. He keeps a singular first person narrative never breaching the objective or overt with regards to the other characters that helps to emphasize the relationship of the main character with various aspects and individual societal members. There are three types of religion mentioned by him. The religion of conformity as an end that justifies the means as per Bledsoe. The work ethic similar to Puritanism as witnessed in the climax of the betrayal of the characters pursuit of happiness at Liberty paints. The experiences of the god of the people in the form of the brotherhood brand of socialism that is extreme and opportunistic descendent of the populist era that attempted to Americanize foreigners and blacks in the same manner as some people run around trying to put dogs and cats in skirts and pants because their indecency is an unnatural state. He wanted the reader to experience his story from a single viewpoint. This story took place, most of the time, in the urban center of New York City. This changed the tone of the novel because of the dramatic increase of population and in-turn criminal activity. Neighbors kept more to themselves, people were more adapt at changing jobs. Ellison was born in Oklahoma city and got his writing experience while working for the Federal Writer’s project. He would read conversations and use them as references or as direct quotes for use in his novel. Ellison represented women form a different angle, he seems to break them down by characteristics, black versus white, young versus old, rich versus poor. Most of his female characters demonstrate some type of failure. He attempted to dispel any notion that American society involved anything but men. Perhaps this stems from his lack of a strong family unit and a weak to non-existent mother figure.
Both authors portray the intellectual and physical impoverishment and isolation of human beings that can destroy goals, ambitions and dreams.