Then start reading As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. Read and take notes on pages 3-84 by class time on Monday.
Here are the motifs. (Thanks to Mr. Phillips for motif ideas)
Language/Words (uses and limits)
Existence and Identity (ontology)
Death and Life (Dying and Living, Non-being and being)
Sanity and Insanity
Trauma, Suffering (Responses to Trauma and Suffering)
Dark Humor & the Grotesque
Hope and Despair
Family (Loyalty and Betrayal)
Here's Faulkner talking about his intent to write a literary masterpiece:
"I set out deliberately to write a tour-de-force. Before I ever put pen to paper and set down the first word I knew what the last word would be and almost where the last period would fall." - William Faulkner
Click here whenever you want to see a map for As I Lay Dying. The map is a revision of a map made by Faulkner himself. For Faulkner's map click here.