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As I Lay Dying Teaching Unit
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- Modernist fiction sought to stretch the boundaries of form that had governed the construction of the story and the novel. What are some ways that Faulkner tests the limits of the “proper” forms of fiction?
- The physical description and condition of characters can often be used to portray their inner condition. How is this done with Jewel throughout the novel?
- During the story, Darl becomes less passive and more assertive. Trace this progression throughout the novel, and demonstrate why and how this progression leads to his insanity.
- What does the ending of the novel tell us about Anse? Is this information consistent with what we see, and what other characters see of him in the novel? Why or why not?
- The Bundrens clearly have a higher view of themselves than do the people who see them. Give details from their visit to Mottson, Peabody’s visit to their farm, and their interactions with the Tulls to support this statement.
- All of the children have difficulty dealing with the loss of their mother. Discuss how Darl, Cash, Vardaman, and Dewey Dell emotionally medicate themselves against the pain of grief.
- Compare and contrast Addie’s and Cora’s views of the nature of sin.
- Is Cora more of a Christian than Vernon, based on her definitions? Why or why not?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.