Short Transitional Chapters

“As I Lay Dying” includes a unique set of brief narrative chapters that break up the inner monologues of each character cleanly.  Although abrupt and blatantly separated, the sections transition into one another smoothly, and stay chronologically seamless between the different characters.

“‘Eat,’ he says. ‘Get the goddamn stuff out of sight while you got a chance, you pussel-gutted bastard. You sweet son of a bitch,’ he says.” (13)

“It’s because he stays out there, right under the window, hammering and sawing on that goddamn box.” (14)


“As you enter the hall, they sound as though they were speaking out of the air about your head.” (20)

“It was the sweetest thing I ever saw.” (21)


Jewel, I say, she is dead, Jewel. Annie Bundren is dead” (52)

“Then I begin to run. I run toward the back and come to the edge of the porch and stop.  Then I begin to cry.” (53)

Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text. New York: Modern Library, 2000. Print.