Essay on Analysis Of ' I Lay Dying '

1503 Words Oct 22nd, 2015 7 Pages
As a person dies, it is up to those who love and cherish them to take care of them and their final wishes. It is an inherited right that all humans have upon their families, regardless of their sins and regrets. In As I Lay Dying, the Bundren family embark on a perilous journey to fulfill that wish for their beloved mother, Addie. Although they begin their trek in the sights of achieving her wish, they reveal their own selfish intentions. Besides burying her body, the Bundrens hope to accomplish their own goals. Therefore the reader can infer that the family is both betraying and honoring Addie. They all seek to bury her body in Jefferson; however the family members are motivated by their own personal desires. Each of the family members, including Addie, represent the seven deadly sins; pride, laziness, wrath, envy, gluttony, lust, and greed. Addie’s pride towards her family and her wishes to remain dignified and honored are ironic since she dirtied the Bundren name. By having an affair with Minister Whitfield, she threw her family into chaos and betrayed them. Despite her transgressions, her family is obligated to complete her final wish, to finally lay her at rest in Jefferson. However Addie remained worried about whether her family would keep their word, and displays her doubt in her narration. Faulkner’s incorporation of this complex mocks religion, since he utilizes their belief as the weapon of their downfall. The religious family falls victim to sin and deception.…

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