As I Lay Dying By William Faulkner

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Nicole Beatrice
March 25th, 2015

As I Lay Dying

The main theme in As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner is family. It is not a pleasant topic throughout the book. Poor or no communication creates intense barriers of misunderstanding and resentment between family member, but not particularly siblings who are rivals for their mother’s love. The family from the beginning isn 't based off love because of the sort of arranged marriage of Anse and Addie Bundren. Most of the explaining of the families dynamic is all explained in Addies one and only chapter.

To begin with she wasn’t a fit person to become a mother as she explained that as a school teacher she found joy in whipping her students. She says that her and Anse married because she had nothing and he had land. Their first two children are Cash and Darl. In her section she says that she never really wanted Cash and Darl she only had them to fulfill her duty as a wife to Anse. Her third child is Jewel who is not Anse’s son. Jewel represents that Addie is able to break out of the position of being Anse’s wife. She says that Jewel is her “savior” in a sense. Throughout the book he proves it again and again but saving her coffin from the river and then again from the fire that Darl started in the barn. The last two Bundren’s are Dewey Dell and Vardaman who Addie had only to make up for Jewel who was not Anse child. As Addie says in her chapter she never really loved Anse and the marriage was only about what he had.

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