As I Lay Dying

An examination of this work by William Faulkner which focuses on the use of irony in the telling of the story. (WebSite)

A look at Faulkner’s work from the point of view of the narration. It shows how less importance is placed on the plot and more placed on how the story is told. The telling of the story has irony as one of the major components, with several forms of irony present throughout the story itself. The writer also examines the theme of sanity vs. insanity.
Faulkner emphasizes this meaning by showing the irony of his characters. In many examples we see the difference between what a person thinks and what is true. In these cases, the reader can see the irony as they are aware of the truth of the situation. The narrator however, describes the situation differently. This works to create humor, to create interest, and to show how varying people’s perspectives can be. This happens primarily where characters are judged. Darl is an example, where in the novel, the other characters describe him as insane.