As a result of their communication problems, members of the Bundren family live alienated from each other-whether willfully (like Addie or Jewel), unknowingly (like Anse, Cash, Dewey Dell, or Vardaman), or painfully (like Darl). This alienation extends to neighbors, who misinterpret or simply cannot fathom the family’s actions.
(excerpt-Faulkner's Nobel Prize acceptance speech) Analyzing character in a Faulkner novel is like trying to reach the bottom of a bottomless pit because Faulkner's characters often lack ration, speak in telegraphed stream-of-consciousness, and rarely if ever lend themselves to ready analysis. This is particularly true in As I Lay Dying, a novel of a fragmented and dysfunctional family told through fragmented chapters. Each character reveals their perspective in different chapters, but the perspectives are true to life...
Feminist Perspective of Addie Bundren of Faulkner's As I Lay Dying
Lamenting over the absence of Darl who is not able to enjoy music on the record player, Cash justifies the family's decision to give over Darl to the state: "I would think what a shame Dark couldn't be to enjoy it too.
As I Lay Dying; Addie Bundren and the Birth of Her Children; ..
After Peabody examines her, he asks Anse why he did not call for him sooner, and Anse replies that things kept coming up and he knew she was dying anyway. Peabody comments to himself that Anse is even more rooted than a tree, having not been to town in twelve years. He then states that Addies eyes look like "lamps blaring up just before the oil is gone" and that he can "feel her eyes."
As I Lay Dying Flashcards | Quizlet
Darl remarks that the sun is like a "bloody egg" immediately after the Dewey Dell reflection and thinks that the sky looks portentous. Since Darl already knows that Addie is dying, the portent can only be for the trip, or more likely, for Dewey Dell, who is now pregnant, whose egg has been fertilized (chicken eggs that have been fertilized have a mark of blood on them).
18/02/2018 · Pertinent quotes from As I Lay Dying
The passage about Dewey Dell begins to clarify events for the reader. We begin to see that she too has motives for going to Jefferson: she needs an abortion. Dewey Dells pregnancy reveals the degree to which language is unspoken or layered. Because Dewey Dell will not say anything and Darl speaks only generally, we can decipher that she is pregnant and wanting an abortion. We are shown how language can say little on the surface but hold the truth just below it.
SparkNotes: As I Lay Dying: Quiz
Modernist writer William Faulkner uses the Bundren family of his novel As I Lay Dying to exemplify the chaos and deterioration of an unprepared society thrust into the industrial world.