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Darls Insanity In the novel As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner Darl sees the world as a corrupt place filled with a crooked society Through symbolism Darls multiple points of view and simple diction plus illogical syntax Faulkner shows that Darl views society as corrupt which eventually leads to Darls loss of identity as well as his sanity This commentary will begin by explaining situation of the passage After it will explain how the three literary techniques reveal the implicate theme Thirdly the commentary will express how all three techniques combine together to form the theme In the passage on pages 253-254 Darl although the language used doesnt sound like him is actually speaking Before this passage Darl was captured by men who wore mismatched coats or guards and his own family p237-8 Dewey Dell and Jewel two characters that despise Darl jumped on Darl like a wild cat because they hated him and didnt want him to be part of the family This corruptness in Darls family sparked him to realize that the world is corrupt However we will soon see that Darls use of the three literary techniques listed above show that Darls view on society as being corrupt leads him to losing his own identity and sanity Throughout the whole novel we see Darl progressively losing his sanity This can be seen when Darl can interpret the thoughts of other characters In the later chapters Darl sets a whole barn on fire with the intention of burning Addies body This insanity that exists in Darl is expressed throughout the whole novel but it is only in this chapter that his insanity surpasses his sanity Faulkner uses symbolism to show Darls disgust in his familys actions in order to show how corrupt they are In the fourth paragraph the line A nickel has a woman on one side and a buffalo on the other symbolizes Jewel and his mother As
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