Analysis Of ' As I Lay Dying ' Essay

1040 Words May 15th, 2015 5 Pages
Set in the fictional Mississippi city of “Yoknapatawpha,” As I Lay Dying follows the Bundren family through a disturbing, yet enlightening journey to Addie Bundren’s hometown to bury her body. Throughout this journey, the story is told by a total of fifteen different narrators that reveal the challenges and intentions of each character. After reading this book, the reader can understand that every child in the Bundren family has suffered from some type of psychological abuse. According to the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), “psychological abuse is defined as the ongoing emotional maltreatment or emotional neglect of a child”. Emotional abandonment and physical abuse can fall into this form of abuse. Although it is clear that the five children all suffered from this type of abuse, how and why they reacted to it is completely different. To understand the abuse in the story, it is important to look into Addie’s chapter first. In this section of the book, Addie describes her feelings towards the school students, stating that she enjoyed whipping her students in order to feel some kind of emotion. Because she has this emotional detachment, Addie may have suffered from depression. Her father may also be a part of why she does the things she does. She says things such as, “…my father used to say that the reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time,” which leads the reader to believe that she might have suffered from some kind…

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