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Anse’s language

“Durn that road. And it fixing to rain, too. I can stand here and same as see it with second-sight, a shutting down behind them like a wall, shutting down betwixt them and my given promise. I do the best I can, much as I can get my mind on anything, but durn them boys” (35).

Faulkner William. “As I Lay Dying”. New York. The Modern Library Edition. 2000. p.30 ¬†Print.

It is interesting to see Faulkner use “southern” language in Anse’s point of view specifically. The readers can picture in their mind of how a southerner speaks by looking at the language and reading it out loud. It is interesting to see Anse use that specific language while others do not. Faulkner gives the readers a clue that Anse is not fully educated like the rest of the characters (although he is one of the oldest brothers) by using sentence fragments, misspelling words, random comma placing etc.

Whose Body…Sayers

“Thipps asked again to explain, stammers worse an’ says he walked about for a few hours-met a friend-can’t say who-didn’t meet a friend-can’t say what he did with his time-can’t explain why he didn’t go back for his bag-can’t say what time he did get in-can’t explain how he got a bruise on his forehead. In fact, can’t explain himself at all” (27).

Sayers, Dorothy L. “Whose Body?”. 1923. Reprint. New York: Dover, 2009.

Sayers uses repetition within this passage specifically using the word can’t, the word did is italicized which is interesting,¬†along with rhythm diction since we see the dashes after every phrase, which gives the readers an auditory sense of someone stammering about the jumble thoughts within their mind.