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loriwj | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 9, 2010 at 8:34 AM via web

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Who said, "That was when I learned that words are no good" and "Its better to build a tight chicken coop that a shoddy courthouse"?

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 9, 2010 at 9:15 AM (Answer #1)

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In her only narration, Addie--already dead--narrates the following:

And when I knew that I had Cash . . . That was when I learned that words are no good; that words dont ever fit even what they are trying to say at. When he was born I knew that motherhood was invented by someone who had to have a word for it because the ones that had the children didn't care whether there was a word for it or not. I knew that fear was invented by someone that had never had the fear; pride, who never had the pride (Faulkner 163-164)

She realizes that language cannot express the nihilism she feels.  She says that language is a male construction..."it was invented by someone" who never experienced motherhood.  To Addie, language arose in a patriarchal society; it does not account for the non-verbal, emotional, and psychological depth that she feels.

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