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Secrets In Faulkner's As I Lay Dying

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Yoknapatawpha County is a fictional county made up by William Faulkner in which As I Lay Dying takes place in; this is now the third novel to take place here. As I Lay Dying was one of the last novels written in the 1920’s by William Faulkner and within fifty-nine chapters, this novel features a unique narration of fifteen different first person narrators. Each chapter is written from that particular character’s perspective telling their version of what is happening in the novel, making this not only an interesting take on narration but a compelling read as well. Faulkner uses the characters use of language to help us identify and see glimpses into the lives of the Bundren family; through this we can understand the revenge and secrets from within the characters that is blind to the most if not all-remaining characters within the novel.
The word secret can be interpreted in two ways, as either an adjective “not known or seen or not meant to be known or seen by others” or a noun “something that is kept or meant to be kept unknown or unseen by others”; both with generally the same meaning just said differently. This is comparable to not only the secrets within Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying but in the way thoughts and situations can be and are perceived. Addie Bundren as well as the rest of her family has secrets and in some ways their own personal secrets that also include their interests and needs in mind when the quest to bury Addie begins.
Darl Bundren is the second oldest son born to Addie and Anse Bundren, he seems to always have an incite into the lives of each of the Bundren’s with his known intuition of all the situations seeming to be going on with each of the characters. “Darl is the single most important character in As I Lay Dying. Not only is he a major protagonist, but his nineteen monologues, nearly twice the number given any other single narrator, account for roughly one third of the text. Sensitive, articulate, and detached, Darl is the chief source of information in almost all personalities and relationships in the novel.” Although it is unknown to the reader how he seems to have all of this inside knowledge of the secrets his family members keep,...

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