Teacher Guide

As I Lay Dying Lesson Plan

Relationship to Other Books

As I Lay Dying and The Sound and the Fury, which is arguably Faulkner's most famous work, pair nicely together, as both novels involve Faulkner's stream-of-consciousness style in multiple viewpoints. The Sound and the Fury takes place in Jefferson, which is where the Bundren family is headed, and both explore the travails of a single family, though The Sound and the Fury takes place across 30 years, while As I Lay Dying covers a period of days.

Ulysses by James Joyce is another excellent companion to As I Lay Dying. Joyce employs a similar writing style and demonstrates that phenomena in writing are not isolated, but can be global. Studying Joyce in tandem with Faulkner can show students...

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