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As I Lay Dying William Faulkner wrote a masterpiece of a novel in As I Lay Dying Faulkner chose an approach not usually used by many authors He let the story be told through the eyes of 14 characters This approach doesnt give you a narrator to lean on and the reader is forced to make their own conclusions about the events in the novel It is the readers responsibility to in a sense choose the best narrator and to judge the rest from there Some narrators such as Cora Tull can be almost discounted in most cases because her perception of people is almost always wrong Darl is the most active narrator with the perceptiveness which he has Sometimes he is even able to tell what happens when it turns out that he is not even there It might be said that Darl is closest to Faulkner himself Surprisingly Cash is the character to close the novel who up until the end had the least sections of the Bundren family Cashs narratives are given in the past tense almost from a perspective of distance and thoughtfulness to the dialogue An important aspect of the book is the fact that facial expression plays such an important part of the book Often times what we think and feel are rarely what we say or do In the book often times little is said through their voices but much is said through the eye glances Darl Jewel and Dewey Dell all have different glances It is these glances though that bring so much to the novel The glance of Jewel is most often hostile Dewey Dell has a lustful look in her eyes Darl has a look of knowing Darl seems to have the power to observe and explain the environment around him This separation makes others around him think that he is strange Tull goes to the river to help them
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