As I Lay Dying

“In a strange room you must empty yourself for sleep. And before you are emptied for sleep, what are you. And when you are emptied with sleep, you are not. And when you are filled with sleep, you never were.” (Faulkner, 80)

This quote shows us that Darl is acknowledging that he’s alive but Jewel cannot conceive the idea that he may not be alive. For Jewel, not knowing is almost like a blessing for him because he’s blissfully unaware. Darl still doesn’t know what makes him alive, that question is still left undecided in this section.

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