AS I LAY DYING
AP* Literature Teaching Units
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By the end of this unit, students will be able to: explain how Faulkner experiments with chronological organization and narrative perspective to tell the story; analyze the use of black humor in the novel; explain the relevance and meaning of allusions to the Bible, Homer’s Odyssey, and Shakespeare’s Macbeth; trace the development of ideas of fate, eternity, and being that appear in the book; discuss the discrepancy between words and experience in the book; explain the relevance and meaning of symbols in the novel, including the fish, Jewel’s horse, the wagon, Cash’s tools, wheels and circles, the graphophone, and the toy train; and analyze the characters’ diction, syntax, and figures of speech and explain how the language contributes to characterization. 157 pages. ©2009.
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