Essay on Analysis Of ' As I Lay Dying '

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In William Faulkner’s novel, As I Lay Dying, the Bundren family makes a journey to the town of Jefferson to bury their mother. However, this is not the only journey taking place. Darl is slowly going mad and Addie is making her journey to the afterlife. In the poem The Odyssey by Homer, similar events unfold with Agamemnon who is also making his trip to the underworld. There are similarities between the journey of Odysseus to Ithaca in The Odyssey and the Bundren family in As I Lay Dying.

The Bundren family’s struggling to get to Jefferson is similar to the journey Odysseus makes to Ithaca in The Odyssey. Addie is still alive while her coffin is being built and the first set of problems arises. The characters note that soon the roads will be harder to travel on because “It’s fixing up to rain” (18) so if Darl and Jewel are going to try to sell the extra wood they need to leave so that they will be back before their mother dies. While trying to make their way to Jefferson, the Bundrens have many obstacles similar to those that Odysseus had on his journey. One of these obstacles is that the bridge that they would have taken is out, so they make their way through the rough currents pulling the wagon and their mother along with them (Chapter 33). During this ordeal, Cash breaks his leg and later on other characters say that the family should fix it up however he says that “[he] can last it” (207). Cash’s statement shows that he is very proud and does not want to…

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