William Faulkner and Toni Morrison are American authors who share a specific writing style. Specifically, my analysis compares the ways these authors use Gothic genre in Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and Morrison’s Beloved. Additionally, I explain their uses of multiple narrators and points of view to show how multiple narrators give separate voices to many characters in contrast to most novels’ single-voiced narrator. My study further explains the shared styles of these novels by exploring sentence structure, flashback, and motif repetition. I evaluate the imagery both authors use to define their characters outside of their physical being. I use examples such as the tree on Sethe’s back in Beloved to show how that image can have a deeper meaning than an inanimate object might. Similarly, I explain how in Faulkner’s novel the broken wagon represents the broken family riding in it. Furthermore, to bring together the authors’ uses of imagery, I note Faulkner’s and Morrison’s depiction of symbolic river crossings. I also explain how images of home, death, and isolation affect the characters. I have used each novel as well as several academic journals to better my understanding of the stylistic characteristics Faulkner and Morrison share.
Mackenzie Bower is a first year student at Kent State Stark. She is working towards a double major in business management and fashion merchandising. After graduation, she plans to move onto a bigger city to pursue a career as an international buyer for a high-end clothing company. She enjoys painting, reading, and picking up new skills when she finds the time to do so.