What literary devices are used in As I Lay Dying?

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Several literary devices are used in As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. The most obvious is the title’s allusion, or reference, to The Odyssey by Homer. The novel’s title alludes to Agamemnon’s dying words, in which he tells Odysseus, "As I lay dying, the woman with the dog's eyes would not close my eyes as I descended into Hades.” The novel also contains several biblical allusions, most evident in Cora Tull’s narrative. She speaks often of doing her Christian duty, she sings religious hymns as she and Vernon travel back and forth to the Bundrens’ house as Addie is dying, and she views the Bundrens’ tribulations as “the hand of the Lord . . . for Anse Bundrens judgment and warning.” Anse occasionally quotes the Bible and refers to biblical principles, as well, but he does so to justify his selfish actions. “God's will be done,” he says.

Faulkner also uses foreshadowing , another literary device, in an interesting way in the novel. Clues to events that will occur later...

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