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Author:  Bobbyb98 [ Thu March 31st, 2016, 00:19 GMT ]
Post subject:  Tears of Rage

Quick question I wanted to throw out to this forum to see if anyone has more information on this matter. I've been reading William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying recently, and there is a passage towards the end of the novel that is strongly reminiscent of the opening verse of "Tears of Rage."

The father says, "My own daughter accuses me of being a thief. My own daughter... I have fed you and sheltered you. I give you love and care, yet my own daughter, the daughter of my dead wife, calls me a thief."

Does anyone know if this novel was an influence of Dylan's writing in "Tears of Rage," or if this is just a thematic coincidence?

Author:  leavinclaud [ Thu March 31st, 2016, 13:24 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: Tears of Rage

I don't know. But it's just as likely that both were influenced independently by Shakespeare's King Lear:
Cordelia, Lear’s youngest and favourite daughter, remains silent, saying that she has no words to describe how much she loves her father. Lear flies into a rage and disowns Cordelia.
"What dear daughter ....always answers no"

Author:  Bobbyb98 [ Thu March 31st, 2016, 13:42 GMT ]
Post subject:  Re: Tears of Rage

leavinclaud wrote:
I don't know. But it's just as likely that both were influenced independently by Shakespeare's King Lear:
Cordelia, Lear’s youngest and favourite daughter, remains silent, saying that she has no words to describe how much she loves her father. Lear flies into a rage and disowns Cordelia.
"What dear daughter ....always answers no"


Very interesting, I never thought of the King Lear connection. Thank you for your response.

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