As I Lay Dying English Extension Journal

This is the blog of Jeremy Martin of Year 11 English Extension Class (Phillips. It is being used for the purposes of completing Part B "Journal" of the research project given to Year 11 English Extension Classes. The novel chosen was "As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Week Three

I've done some more research into the work of Faulkner himself in order to help me determine which passages are the most signifigant - both contextually and in terms of the flow of the book.

- From "William Faulkner" - By F. Hoffman
“This interpretation of the novel [which] makes Addie imperatively its centre. It is her consciousness and her memory of the Bundren past that makes the narrative passages of her family what they are: reflections in both style and point of view of the place of each Bundren in the whole. Addie has only one monologue to herself, but it is the key to the novel.
It is this quote (along with other research) which ultimately provided me with the reason and major passage for the novel - obviously Addie's sole chapter. The chapter further provides (in my opinion) excellent contextual basis for the novel - through Cora Tull's ironic and moralistic statments about Addie's actions and about the nature of sin.

- From "William Faulkner - From Jefferson to the World" By H. Waggoner

"Her thoughts are obviously a rationalisation, revealing a particular and peculiar perspective, natural, right, in character, and often shrewdly perceptive of objective facts. But these thoughts are as biased by personality as are all the other inward visions except that of Darl"
This quote, to me reveals that Addie's dialogue, while central to the novel can not be accepted in its entirety as fact. Naturally, she is looking to clarify things (she is on her death bed while making this speech, however the reader recieves it once she is dead), however the reader can never entirely eliminate the prospect (despite her forthcomingness that she has not been entirely honest with them.

- The remaining two major scenes - Cora's chapter - just before Addies and Mosely's chapter on his interactions with Dewey Dell were obvious choices given my previous research. While Cora's chapter deals specifically with the nature of Addie's chapter and the attitudes of the religious, Mosely's chapter reveals the results of the practice of these religious ideals and self-conservation embraced by many of the upstanding members of society during the contextual time period.

Images Relating to Part A

The following is a series of images of a variety of 1920s churches - this illustrates the overall style of this era of American history.