William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying
Topics: Poetry, Short story, African American, Langston Hughes, Harlem Renaissance, World War II / Pages: 4 (825 words) / Published: Oct 1st, 2015

William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi on September 25, 1897, and died on July 6, 1962.(biography.com) According to notablebiographies.com, William did not attend public school consistently after the fifth grade; he left high school prior to graduation in order to work in his grandfather's bank. After losing interest working at the bank, William applied to work for the U.S. Army. After being rejected from the U.S. army due to height requirements, Faulkner enlisted in the Canadian Air Force. (notablebiographies.com) In 1919, Faulkner enrolled at the University of Mississippi as a special student, but left the next year for New York City.(biography.com) After several odd jobs in New York he left and again returned to Mississippi, …show more content…
William Faulkner utilizes foreshadowing to catch the reader’s eye or to let the readers know what the book is going to be about beforehand. “As I Lay Dying” is not a complete sentence, leaving the main clause for the reader to find out, instead of giving it all away in the title. Addie was a live for most of the novel watching them plot how they were going to bury her before she was even dead. That is where the “I” comes from in the title of the novel. The title also refers to how Addie was secretly watching and knowing all along what her family was doing, and how her family basically dismissed her death for their own selfish needs. For example, her husband remarried on the trip to Jefferson. He had no remorse of the loss of his previous wife. The whole book revolves around Addie but she doesn’t have much to say in the book. Leaving the plot to be told by her family and how they feel about Addie’s death. The title could be quoted from Addie’s thoughts that she thinks, but doesn’t get to say. The meaning of the title does change for the reader from the pre to post reading, because in the beginning of the book, you don’t know who “I” is and eventually in the middle of the book Faulkner starts to give clues that “I” is

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