As I Lay Dying William Faulkner

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As I Lay DyingWilliam Faulkner was one of the greatest Southern writers of the twentieth century and all his novels are written about the South, especially As I Lay Dying. "In all of As I Lay Dying, Faulkner turned to extreme uses of the first-person narration; it is as if he saw the need to purge his work of his undeveloped omniscient instincts by eliminating his own voice entirely"(Bryfonski 9:199). This novel is about a family composed of a husband and five children traveling to Jefferson, Mississippi, to bury their wife and mother, Addie, beside her father. ". . .William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying is the story of the death and eventual burial of Addie Bundren, matriarch of the poor, farming, Southern Bundren family, and of the meaning of her death and burial journey to that family"(Wadlington fronticepiece). In As I Lay Dying, a journey to Jefferson, Mississippi takes place. Addie Bundren told her family that when she dies she would like to be buried next to her father in Jefferson, Mississippi. So when Addie dies, her husband, Anse, and her five children, Cash, Darl, Jewel, Dewey Dell, and Vardaman, take this adventurous journey to Jefferson. The Bundren Family deals with many obstacles on their journey. They have to travel in the rain with a deadly odor ofZentmyer 2their wife and mother's decomposing body. They have to find other ways of crossing rivers, because the bridge collapsed. The Bundren family also has to deal with Dewey Dell, the sixteen year old, unmarried pregnant sister and daughter who is trying to find a way to have an abortion and the feelings and temperaments of each other. a In As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner reveals Addie's influence on Cash, Darl, and Jewel.William Faulkner reveals Addie's influence on Cash. Cash is a do-er. Addie says when Cash was born, she knew that living was terrible and that Cash being a do-er was the answer to it. That is when Addie learns that words are no good; but actions are good (Faulkner 171-172). Her lesson is taught to Cash. It is obvious that Cash uses action to express his love to Addie. For example, "Darl says Cash is expressing his love to Addie by building her coffin under her window so that she can watch and see that he is building a good one" (Faulkner 48). Not only does Faulkner speak of Cash, but so does Warwick Wadlington. Wadlington states: "Cash too is very much his mother's son in expressing his feelings through action rather than through words--as an adult stoically building a coffin for the mother he loves. . ."(41). Wadlington also describes Cash in other ways. For instance, ". . .Cash is in many ways the most balanced Bundren, with his quiet, justified pride in his individual craftsmanship in carpentry, which he uses to contribute to the common effort" (Wadlington 47). Wadlington's understands of Addie's influence on her children, Cash, Darl, and Jewel, especially Addie's influence on Cash. "Cash is the other child whom AddieZentmyer 3claims as her own and whom Jewel...

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