As I Lay Dying

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  • Addie Bundren In As I Lay Dying

    In the novel As I lay dying by William Faulkner, Addie Bundren is the reason everything happens. Without her death and revenge beyond the grave the book would not have a point. Her death is the catalyst that sets everything into motion and her spiteful revenge puts her family in jeopardy. Addie’s presence or lack thereof has a huge affect on the entire family and the trip to Jefferson. Her death left a physical mark upon the Bundren family, that would have never been put there if Addie hadn’t…

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  • William Falkner's As I Lay Dying

    As I Lay Dying written by William Falkner was finished in a six to eight week period without any revisions while working in a power plant published in 1930. Falkner used new techniques to express his views of man’s position in modern world. In his early works, Faulkner viewed with despair man's position in the universe. He saw man as a weak creature incapable of rising above his selfish needs. Later, Falkner's view changed. This later caused a problem in whether the book As I Lay Dying should be…

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  • A Comparison Of The Odyssey And As I Lay Dying

    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…

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  • The Underground Railroad In As I Lay Dying

    Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are…

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  • Theme Of Poverty In As I Lay Dying

    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…

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  • As I Lay Dying Literary Analysis

    Readers of Joseph Faulkner's As I Lay Dying have interpreted the message of this novel and the reasoning why Faulkner chose to write a novel like this. Some audience members argue that it is an uplifting and hopeful book while others choose to argue that this book is a way of “presenting human existence as a complete joke.” While there might be some events that happen in the novel that could convince readers that this novel is about having hope in humanity, there are more indicators that…

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  • As I Lay Dying Motherhood Analysis

    The Disillusionment of Motherhood in As I Lay Dying “Mother” is the goal of women life that many women want to achieve as if it is the duty that women should do. Many people portray motherhood as a beautiful picture; a mother devotes herself for children, take care of them and love them without any condition. That is sound really good, right? However, in fact, being a mother is not beautiful and overwhelming as “the people” always says. There is another side that they didn’t tell you that being…

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  • Theme Of Betrayal In As I Lay Dying

    Betrayal rarely comes from an enemy. People are commonly betrayed by close friends, or even family members at least once in his/her life. In William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, the deceased Addie Bundren is betrayed by her family. Addie’s dying request is to be buried in her hometown Jefferson with dignity; even though Addie is successfully buried in Jefferson, she by no means has a respectful burial. While the Bundrens thought they were honoring the late Addie by taking her back to her hometown,…

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  • Irony In Faulkner's As I Lay Dying

    As I Lay Dying can be considered an incongruous comedy, with irony playing the key role in creating the humor present in the piece. Though the catalyst for the story is the death of a main character, and though the title in itself suggests a morbid theme, there are moments that allow for the reader to laugh throughout the entire novel. The grotesqueness of the central idea and the way in which the Bundren family pursues Addie’s last wish is laughable, at times. In a critical essay, “Schroeder…

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  • Character Analysis: As I Lay Dying

    Can the resentment a person has for another person affect them psychologically? Throughout the book As I Lay Dying, Faulkner portrays how the grief caused by Addie Bundren’s death impacted both Cash and Darl on their trip to Jackson. Throughout the book, Faulkner explores psychological topics such as post traumatic stress disorder, dissociation, and repression. Darl’s resentment towards Addie rose and left him in the state of a psychotic break at the end of the trip. On the other side Cash is…

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