Essay on As I Lay Dying ( Heroism with Conflicts)

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Heroism with Conflicts The novel As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner is filled with moments of great heroism and with struggles that are almost epic, but the novel’s take on such battles is ironic at best, and at times it even makes them seem downright absurd or mundane. The Bundren family is on a mission to bury Addie. In the midst they defeat water and fire on the way to Jefferson where Addie is to be buried. Their take on these engagements seem heroic, but they come to the point where the family’s’/ family member(s) actions are more foolish than anything. The Bundrens’ making their way back to find a new way of crossing the flooded river at first seems noble but becomes over dramatic. For example, the log comes rushing at …show more content…
For example, Darl sets the barn on fire; knowing that his mothers’ coffin and the Bundrens’ team of mules and Jewels’ horse are in there. It feels as if Darl doesn’t want to go any farther on the trip to bury his mom. Darl, embarrassed by the smell is just feeling the grief of his loss; setting the barn on fire is just getting rid of the pain and hurt. In addition, Jewel runs in to free the mules and horses and also to save the coffin. Going into the blaze is daring, courageous and it shows that Jewel is caring and has respect for his mother. It also shows that he just wanted to save his horse and after doing so remembered the coffin; feeling guilty he went back in to save it. Furthermore, Darl enters the burning barm to help Jewel free the team and save the coffin. It is very absurd that someone would catch a building on fire and then re-enter to save things that they knew were in there beforehand. Darl is losing his mind; he has basically contradicted his action for setting the barn on fire. Therefore, Jewel is the hero of this incident and Darl is the idiotic character; both play important parts but make the story very confusing. In conclusion, the way that the family acts when fate occurs is heroic in a way that is comical and unreasonable, but in some forms not important to the storyline of this

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