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Fulfilling a promise they had made to their mother Addie Cash Darl Jewel Dewey Dell and Vardaman in William Faulkners As I Lay Dying journey across the Mississippi countryside to bring her body to be buried in Jefferson alongside her immediate family Each one in turn narrates the events of this excursion as they are perceived Though all of the family members are going through the same experiences each one expresses what they see and how they feel by exercising their individual powers and limitations of language What each character says as well as how heshe says it gives insight into that characters underlying meanings Darl for example uses his linguistic skills to gain power as narrator He possesses the ability to pick up on things unsaid and to read other peoples actions Dewey Dell describes his intuitiveness when she says that he said he knew without the words and I knew he knew because if he had said he knew with words I would not have believedand thats why I can talk to him with knowing with hating with because he knows 27 He uses his gift of realizing things without them having to actually be told to him to gain credibility with the reader Who would doubt a narrator who possesses that type of adroitness Also his language is clear and reflective He uses similes and metaphors and appears to have an acute awareness of spatial relationships Darls sophisticated perception and poetic linguistics give him the means of reaching for and maintaining his role as a competent observer and reporter However his position does create certain problems for his siblings Tull describes Darls look as being uncanny He is looking at me He dont say nothing just looks at me with them queer eyes of hisn that makes folks talk I always say it aint never been what he done so much or said or anything
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