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  • Anse And Cash And Darl And Jewel
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    Addie Bundren - As the matriarch of the Bundren family, Addie is the absent protagonist of the novel. A former schoolteacher, she married Anse Bundren after a brief courtship and bore him four children: Cash, Darl, Dewey Dell and Vardaman. As the result of an affair with Whitfield, Addie is also mother to an illegitimate child, Jewel. At the outset of the novel, Addie is gravely ill, and dies soon thereafter. Her dying wish to be buried with her relatives in Jefferson, the capital of Yoknapatawp...
  • Second Child Of Anse And Addie Bundren
    334 words
    Darl Darl, the second child of Anse and Addie Bundren is the most prolific voice in the novel As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner. Darl Bundren, the next eldest of the Bundren children, delivers the largest number of interior monologues in the novel. An extremely sensitive and articulate young man, he is heartbroken by the death of his mother and the plight of his family's burial journey. Darl seemed to possess a gift of clairvoyance, which allowed him to narrate; for instance, the scene of Addi...
  • Eldest Of The Bundren Children
    414 words
    The next eldest of the Bundren children, Darl delivers the largest number of interior monologues in the novel. An extremely sensitive and articulate young man, he is grief stricken by the death of his mother and the plight of his family's burial journey. After he sets fire to the Gillespie barn in an attempt to incinerate his mother's corpse, his family commits him against his will to a mental institution in Jackson. The bastard child borne of Addie's affair with Whitfield, Jewel lives with the ...
  • Addie's Favorites Besides Jewel
    1,386 words
    Addie Bundren conjures up the central darkness derived from her death and directly or indirectly causes actions in which each Bundren character takes advantage of Addie. With the character's actions revolving around her death, William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying reveals the truth about the people who surround a person may take advantage of him or her. The death of Addie Bundren shapes all of the character's actions in life including Addie's final request before her death. Addie takes advantage of ...
  • Cash And Jewel Bundren
    1,660 words
    What is As I lay dying? As I lay dying is a weird book. It is fifty-nine chapters long, and told from the perspectives of sixteen different speakers. One chapter is only one sentence long, but most are two to three pages. The sixteen characters all narrate differently. Some, especially those in the same family, are fairly similar, but some are completely unique. The characters are named things like "Dewey Dell Bundren,' "Vardaman Bundren,' and "Lafe. ' Some of the book is apparently intended to ...
  • Jewel Addie
    1,285 words
    The action of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying is simple: Addie Bundren dies; and in answer to her wishes, the body is taken for burial to Jefferson, some forty miles away. But the weather intervenes, and floodwaters require that the cortege take detours. Some nine days pass before the coffin, which before long clearly announces its passing to neighboring places, is finally laid to rest. These days involve battling flood water and a fire set by one of the children, the threat of buzzards, the h...
  • Character's Action Including Addie
    670 words
    In William Faulkner's novel, As I Lay Dying, the plot of the story can be easily summarized. Addie Bundren dies, her husband, Anse, and her children Cash, Darl, Jewel, Dewey, Dell, and Var daman surmount numerous obstacles to trasnport her rotting corpse to her family's plot in Jefferson where, in accord with her wishes, she is finally buried ten days after her death. Although the novel contains a simple plot, the characters possess complex personalities that provide the true beauty of the novel...

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