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In the novel As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner there are several instances in which a pleasurable comment or action that is witty or humorous is made by a character However there are also many occurrences when there is a deep sense of disquietude resulting from a characters words or dealings Throughout the text it is also not unusual for these two types of situations to occur as one in a healthy confusion This confusion may even be a mark of superior literature according to certain criticsFirst let us examine a point in the story where there is a distinctive instance resulting in the readers pleasure But its not like they cost me anything except the baking p 9 The previous excerpt is somewhat pleasurable because Cora makes it a point to reinforce the fact that the cakes required no capital for their production Although the statements repetitiveness is somewhat annoying it is rather humorous that she is so hung up on this fact Even though there are references to the dying Addie Bundren in the surrounding text there is no great sense of disquietude concerning the situationIn the following reference however the feeling of disquietude is rather prevalent When is she going to die I sayThen why are you taking Jewel I sayI want him to help me load he says p 28 It is most disconcerting to think that a child would be absent for the death of his or her own mother especially when it can clearly be avoided In this scene unsettledness reigns supreme while there is an absence of pleasureBut now I can get them teeth That will be a comfort It will p 111 Here is the apparent blending of the pleasure and the disquietude into the so-called healthy confusion It is amusing that Anse needs teeth but quite disturbing on the other hand that he is relieved that he can now obtain them due to the death
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