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There are two distinct "father" figures in LIE DOWN IN DARKNESS: Milton Loftis and Daddy Faith. How does Styron's portrayal of Daddy Faith as a kind and loving father contrast with the author's representation of Milton Loftis?

In Chapter 7, Styron employs both a third person omniscient narrator and a lengthy "stream of consciousness" monologue written from Peyton Loftis' point of view. Using the text as a guide, explain the way in which the monologue reveals insights into Peyton's inner workings. What does the reader learn from the monologue about Peyton's relationship with Milton?

The opening paragraph of LIE DOWN IN DARKNESS is one complete sentence. What does this indicate about the pace of life in the American South? Choose one or two descriptive passages from the paragraph and explain what makes this paragraph "cinematic" in nature.

LIE DOWN IN DARKNESS was published in 1951. Examine the relationship between...

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