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Fraternal Feeling rising through the Darkness William Faulkners As I Lay Dying is dark gruesome and somewhat comedic portrayal of a southern family who has to travel across the countryside to bury their dead mother Faulkner uses each characters point of view in different chapters to tell the story In doing so Faulkner gives us an insight on who each character is as well as showing us how the world that we live in is nothing more than the way we perceive it to be At least one critic has argued that As I lay Dying is the bitterest of Faulkners early novels presenting human existence as an absurd joke Where as others argue that the novel is a triumph of fraternal feelinga comic novel rooted in the earth and country folk and lighted by a new faith in humanity Both of these arguments although opposites can be shown throughout the course of this novel As I Lay Dying conveys a conflicting message causing the reader to think about how he or she portrays his or her own life The reason that As I Lay Dying is a triumph of fraternal feeling and lighted by a new faith in humanity is because of the harsh circumstances in which the family must pull through in order to show feeling As I Lay Dying makes the reader think about the value of a human life Through its twisted plot and its characters it asks the reader to answer a simple question whos to say what the value of a life is Darl Jewel and Vardaman have different opinions about their mother Darl says I cannot love my mother because I have no mother Jewels mother is a horseFaulkner 95 Even after your mother is dead you should still be able to love her and she should still exist Jewels mother is a horse We find out that this is true because this is what Jewel loves the
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