The Bundren Family: A Study in Modernism

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
How Faulkner’s novel, `As I Lay Dying`, is an excellent example of modernism and encompasses many of the stylistic and rhetorical devices that modernists employed to distinguish themselves from more traditional realistic literature.

` William Faulkner’s novel, As I Lay Dying, published in 1930, is an excellent example of modernism and encompasses many of the stylistic and rhetorical devices that modernists employed to distinguish themselves from more traditional realistic literature. Some of the modernist stylistic traits of the novel include fragmentation, multiple narrators, stream-of-consciousness technique, a sense of reality that goes beyond literary conventions, and Freudian symbolism. Furthermore, the narration mixes up chronology so that the plot line is not linear but is, instead, confusing. Revelations occur, embedded within the narrative, which in traditional novels would have been much easier to decode or decipher. There is no one omniscient narrator who the reader can trust, so the reader must make judgments about the reliability of each of the characters and understand that each character is operating, perhaps, at differing levels of awareness and consciousness.`


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