A Streetcar Named Desire By William Faulkner Essay

1047 Words Jun 15th, 2016 5 Pages
In As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner, Darl was always perceived as mildly insane. He was able to know and understand things that he shouldn’t know. In “A Streetcar Named Desire,” by Tennessee Williams, Stella’s sister Blanche lied throughout the play in order to change the way she was perceived. She was also unable to keep her secrets and painful memories which led to her insanity. In As I Lay Dying and “A Streetcar Named Desire,” both Darl and Blanche’s levels of sanity decreased when they lost support from their family.
Darl showed signs of psychic ability since he would knew information that he had no reason or explanation for knowing. For example, he knew about Dewey Dell’s pregnancy when he was not around and she never told anyone besides Lafe. Dewey Dell said, “And so it was because I could not help it. It was then, and then I saw Darl and he knew. He said he knew without the words like he told me that ma is going to die without words,” (Faulkner 27). Darl was not in the field with Lafe and Dewey Dell, yet he knew that she was pregnant. Darl also knew when Addie was going to die before she died.
Later in the story, while the Bundren family is on their way to Jefferson to bury Addie, Darl lights the barn on fire in order to give his mom her final wish. While Addie was in her coffin in the barn, Darl was able to communicate and hear her. He learned that she no longer cared about being buried with her family and just wanted to be left in peace. Vardaman narrated,…

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