Darl's Monologue

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This quote is spoken by Anse but is a part of Darl’s monologue. Faulkner makes sure earlier in the passage to specify that Anse is by himself because the reader now knows that these are his true feelings. The neighbors and everybody except Darl believe that Anse wants to take Addie’s body to Jefferson because it was a promise to her. However, Anse is really only interested in getting a new set of teeth.

Dewey Dell repetition of the phrase “tub of guts” shows that she is a very childlike. Faulkner uses this type of language so that the reader can understand that Dewey Dell is too young to be a mother. Faulkner also uses this type of language to shows why she doesn't just say that she is pregnant. Since she doesn't refer to it as a pregnancy the
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Addie realizes that language is a male construction. Faulkner does this to emphasize how language is an invention by humans and words cannot replace reality. He’s saying that words are an artificial substitution for experience. The only way that you can understand the real meaning of language is by experiencing it first hand.

At this point in the novel, Cash has found his voice. In the quote, Cash agrees that it was best to hand Darl over to the authorities even though he feels like he’s betraying his brother. He knows that they should send Darl away because it’s the best thing to do for their family because the family couldn’t withstand a lawsuit. Even so, his conscience doesn’t sit right with his decision.

This quote marks the end of the novel. At this point in the novel, Anse has finally fulfilled Addie’s promise and buried her in Jefferson. However, Anse ends up marrying a woman that he borrowed shovels from to bury Addie’s body the day before. Anse’s quick change of pace to remarry and replace Addie emphasizes Anse’s selfish nature. However, it also again shows the reader that the family isn’t a family. Their ‘family’ is just people that live
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