Essay on `` As I Lay Dying `` By William Faulkner

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Greed and Poverty: The effects on family in As I Lay Dying Aristotle once said that "Poverty is the parent of crime," and there could not be a more flawless quote that describes the theme of poverty in the novel "As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner. The novel tells the story of the Bundren 's trip to Jefferson to bury their beloved mother and wife, Addie. However, Aristotle 's quote is ironic considering it is the best resemblance of Anse Bundren, the father and antagonist, of the novel. Anse is the reason the Bundren 's journey to Jefferson has turned into a disastrous adventure. The poverty-stricken Bundrens are continuously hit with problems that are difficult to solve because of greedy Anse, who imposed physical, emotional, and psychological stress on his children. By analyzing Anses ' character and the conflict he causes for his family, Faulkner shows the reader that poverty takes a toll on families, but a greedy member can lead to dangerous situations. To start, physical stress affected many characters in the novel and resulted as an effect of the Bundren 's extreme poverty and the greed that Anse displayed. The first example of physical stress to occur is the death of Addie Bundren. While Addie is sick, Anse does not call the doctor, Peabody, until it is too late. Peabody questions Anse asking "Why didn 't you call me sooner?" Anse replies with the excuse that "Dewey Dell a-takin ' good keer of her." Realizing that Anse was…

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