After waiting ten days to begin the treacherous journey, the Bundrens still rationalized going to Jefferson to bury Addie. Tull explains that Anse “promised her” that she could be buried there and that “she wanted it. She come from there. Her mind was set on it” (Faulkner 89). While it seems logical that a man would want to fulfill his wife’s dying wish, the conditions of reaching Jefferson
He took what was said in court, “Why, I would just as soon put a hog in the electric chair as this,” to heart and now he feels as if he is just an animal (Gaines 8). Miss Emma was unable to come with Grant to visit Jefferson, however, she did send Grant with a plate of food. To which Jefferson responded by saying “You brought me corn...That’s what hogs eat” (Gaines 82). What was said about Jefferson was really digging into his conscience. He did not want to listen to anything that Grant said to him in his efforts to help him because he felt it was worthless since he was going to die anyway. He even went as far to eat without hands on the floor and sticking his head in the bag and ate, along with making sounds like a hog (Gaines 83). Jefferson is much like the father in The Road by Cormac McCarthy in that at times they both just felt that they should give up. Even though their situations may have been seen as completely different, they both felt as if there was no purpose in trying anymore. Not only did this cause suffering for Jefferson, but so did the fact that he was being put to death. As Ernest Gaines said “What did a person go through that week before, the day before, the night before he was to die? What was in his mind?” ("NEA Big Read: Meet Ernest Gaines"). Jefferson must have had numerous thoughts that had been running through his mind awaiting his execution and being called a hog added to these
Jefferson is a peculiar character in that the story is centred on his existence and, although his thoughts and opinions are seldom expressed, the lessons he learnt are completely unambiguous. As the tragic story goes, he is a very young black man unjustly condemned to death for a crime he did not commit. Furthermore, he is dehumanized in his defence when he is called a “hog” and this detrimentally affects his self esteem throughout a significant portion of the novel. However, this melancholic situation he is thrust into and his initial reaction to it is contrasted against his final moment which unashamedly reveals just how much he has learnt in his incarceration period. Jefferson, through the guidance of Grant, learns about the notion of dignity, a peculiarity that drives people towards the pinnacle of human
In the novel, Faulkner writes Addie’s character as someone who is always being faced with a conflict, and as a depressed woman living a miserable life. Addie’s biggest conflict is internal. Previous to Addie Bundren’s death, and before she is married to Anse Bundren, Addie is a school teacher with a miserable life, and a strong hatred for her job as a school teacher. According to the novel, the worst part about Addie’s job is the children; they never listen to her and due to this, she lives for the moments where she gets to scold them. Faulkner reveals Addie’s pure hatred for the children and
Cash seems to think that Dewey Dell has a connection with Darl because they share a knowingness. Although, it becomes clear, after she is the first to jump on him when being taken away to Jackson, that she isn’t partial to Darl because he knows her secret. Dewey Dell’s secret is also the reason that she wants to go to Jefferson. She finds herself pregnant and seeks out an abortion. Dewey Dell pregnancy causes her to hide other things from her family as a result, when Anse ask her if she got the money in a wrongful way, her reply is that it isn’t hers. She also told everyone the package was Cora Tull’s cakes to sell, when it was her Sunday clothes. While Dewey Dell may seem selfish throughout the story, as the sole girl she has to take care of everyone and her situation doesn’t allow her much time to even grieve Addie. This is displayed when Dewey Dell thinks, “I heard that my mother is dead. I wish I had time to let her die.”
The only child she feels emotion for is Jewel. He is not Anse’s child, but a love child she has from an affair with Reverend Whitfield. Jewel is not born out of an obligation to Anse, but from a moment of passion that Addie does not feel with her husband. This is why she treats him better than her other children. She calls Jewel her “salvation” and “her cross” (Faulkner 168), saying he is both her reward and her punishment. Jewel does not belong to Anse, meaning that
At the beginning of the book, Jefferson sees himself as powerless in a white-dominated society. Following the Antebellum period in the South, laws made “separate but equal” legal and created the societal view that the black man is unintelligible, uncivilized, and only three-fifths of a man (Brown). The author can relate to Jefferson and uses him as a symbol for the oppressed people because he has also felt in trapped in a predominantly white society (Gaines). Jefferson tells Grant that he is “just an old hog they fattening up to kill for Christmas” (83). He views himself as just an animal waiting to be slaughtered. He cries when he thinks about the stereotypes that have been set by the society; however, the readers witness a reflectional moment when Jefferson says, “manners are for the living” (130). He is reflecting upon how his dignity has been taken away. He only eats his food “like a hog
The rain had just stopped pouring, and we had all gathered in a park nearby, as a makeshift memorial for Johnny. It wasn’t really a funeral, we didn’t have the budget for that, and it wasn’t like his parents cared enough to give him a proper goodbye.
The main theme and lesson is that self-dignity is intrinsic to our survival. Jefferson even sacrificed his freedom, and ultimately his life, in order to die as a man with dignity. Although Miss Emma, Jefferson’s godmother, was old and frail, she did all that she could to make sure that Jefferson died nothing less than a man. In Jefferson’s last letter to Mr. Wiggins, he wanted to make sure that he was going to be remembered as a “strong man” (Gaines
Dewey Dell’s diction in As I Lay Dying functions to unravel the novel’s deeper themes of suffering and selfishness. Burdened with an illegitimate pregnancy after having sex with Lafe, Dewey Dell grieves alone as she is isolated in her guilt and shame. She views the world as a sickening visceral pile of guts, implying that death is her only relief, furthering the theme of mortality. It is interesting that Dewey Dell also describes her pregnancy as “I am a little tub of guts and if there is not any room for anything else important in a big tub of guts, how can it be room in a little tub of guts.” (Faulkner 58). Which implies the meaning of birth as a miserable duty, rather than a joyful need. As the novel progresses, Dewey Dell works on past “New Hope three miles. That’s what they mean by the womb of time: the agony and the despair of spreading bones, the hard girdle in which lie the outraged entrails of events.” (Faulkner 121). In the efforts to bury Addie in
“How come y’all ain’t scared of us like you were Dally?” Johnny said. He had that scared look in his eyes, that told me he’d been badly hurt, but I could only tell because I had that same look for weeks after my mother died. I sighed, “You two are too sweet to scare anyone. First of all, you didn’t join in Dallas’s dirty talk, and you made him leave us alone. And when we asked you to sit up here with us, you didn't act like it was an invitation to make out for the night. Besides that, I’ve heard about Dallas Winston, and he looked as hard as nails and twice as tough. And you two don’t look mean.”
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Addie Bundren, the novel’s seminal character, lived a sad life. She recalls that “I could just remember how my father used to say that the reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time” (169). Although Addie remembers hating her father, she adopts his philosophy. She says, “I knew at last what he meant” (175) and this understanding guides her life of sorrow and sadness. She feels no comfort or joy in her husband and merely exists with him, “I did not even ask him for what he could have given me: not-Anse. That was my duty to him, to not ask that, and that duty I fulfilled” (174). Even her children have no special place in her heart, “I gave Anse the children. I did not ask for them” (174). The children merely take from her and she finds no satisfaction in mothering. The only excitement she finds in life is in her affair with