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Vardaman and his Fish

“Then I begin to cry. I can feel where the fish was in the dust.”

Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying: The Corrected Text. First Vintage International Edition. New York: Vintage Books, 1990. p.53. Print.

Vardaman speaks in the first person whenever he talks about the fish he killed. This perspective gives the reader more of an idea about how Vardaman feels about the fish and dying. Vardaman feels remorse about dying where he begins to cry over the fish and begins to even empathize.

Beautiful sumnation…

“In the early morning on the lake sitting in the stern of the boat with  his father rowing, he felt quite sure that he would never die.” (19)

Hemingway, Ernest. “Indian Camp” In Our Time. New York: Scribner Paperback Fiction, 2003. 19. Print.

This last sentence is such an effective and powerful usage of minimalism. The final repetition of the early time of day speaks to the new beginning of life and learning. Sitting in the stern while his father rows seems to suggest that while he has learned a valuable lesson, he is still not far enough along that he can guide himself forward. This is further evidenced by his feelings of immortality, something that is present in us all at such a young age.