Unlike the previously mentioned critics, Calvin Bedient, in his essay "Pride and Nakedness," sets aside the idea of Darl being clairvoyant or insane, setting his focus instead on the fact that Darl is definitely disturbed; accepting this, Bedient attempts to identify what may have caused this disturbance. His opinion, in short, seems to be that Darl does not have a distinct identity, at least not in his own eyes. "This bitter gift and fatality," Bedient says, "this plurality of being, Darl carries like a cross. If he is a freak, he is also a victim, and knows with characteristic lucidity what has made him the casualty he is" (67). And what has made Darl a casualty? Bedient thinks it is Addie's love for Jewel. "Darl exists," Bedient says, "but, because he is unloved, he cannot become himselfâ€¦" (67). The absence of a loving mother figure in Darl's life has left him with a more metaphorical absence in his heart and in his mind; and from this absence extends the ambiguity of Darl's place in his family and in reality. Bedient's argument seems particularly cogent since it can be supported by the fact that Darl does indeed seem to lack an identity of himself. He does not refer to himself all too often, especially not his emotions or desires, eventually coming to refer to himself in the third person as if he were anyone else. "Darl cannot find his own shape" Bedient says. "It is thus his destiny to be, not himself, but the world. Since Darl, neither acts (he is called "lazy"), nor possesses anything that he can call his own, nor is loved, he must fall back upon introspection to give him identity" (68). And this is what Darl does until apparently losing a necessary grasp on the reality in which those around him reside.
The analysis for sections 46-52 states that "Darl’s burning of the barn does hasten reconciliation between Darl and Jewel." This couldn't be more untrue. As Jewel retrieves the casket from the fire, he lets out a blood curdling scream of "Darl!" already aware that it was he who set fire to the barn. After this, Jewel sits on the wagon and is said to glare at Darl like a bulldog waiting to pounce, and Jewel suggests to Anse that they should immediately tie Darl up to be taken to the asylum, even before their mother is buried. There neve
3. Which of the following is an example of third person limited?
A. Atticus was feeble: he was nearly fifty. When Jem and I asked him why he was so old, he said he got started late, which we felt reflected upon his abilities and manliness. ( To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)
B. On the boat we sometimes lay awake for hours in the swaying damp darkness of the hold, filled with longing and dread, and wondered how we would last another three weeks. ( The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka)
C. Sordo passed the wine bottle back and nodded his head in thanks. He leaned forward and patted the dead horse on the shoulder where the muzzle of the automatic rifle had burned the hide. He could still smell the burnt hair. ( For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway)
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Answer: C is the correct answer.