About Anse Bundren: On p.193, Armstid says, “Well, that’ll be the last they’ll ever see of now, sho enough. Come Christmas time they’ll maybe get a postal card from him in Texas, I reckon. And if it hadn’t a been Jewel, I reckon it’d a been me; I owe him that much, myself. I be durn if Anse don’t conjure a man, some way, I be durn if he ain’t a sight.” Anse Bundren is surely one of the most feckless characters in literature, yet he manages to command the obedience and cooperation of his children. How does he do it? Why are other people so generous with him? He gets his new teeth at the end of the novel and he also gets a new wife. What is the secret of Anse’s charm? How did he manage to make Addie marry him, when she is clearly more intelligent than he is? I need to gather as many ideas as possible. Cite examples from the novel to support your points.

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In addition to what the other educators have shared, I'll argue that Anse's complete helplessness and uselessness as a person make him need other people—and for those people, such as his neighbor, Tull, to feel needed by someone is an extremely powerful emotion.

Let's clarify Anse's neediness by finding some examples of him being completely helpless on his own.

First, here he is, finding it a great annoyance that he has to put on his own shoes:

He puts his shoes on, stomping into them, like he does everything, like he is hoping all the time he really cant do it and can quit trying to.

And here he is, looking like he can't dress himself properly:

Anse's wrists dangle out of his sleeves: I never see him with a shirt on that looked like it was his in all my life. They all looked like Jewel might have give him his old ones.

Next, here's Anse being completely oblivious to his own helplessness, repeating his mantra as he claims, again, that he doesn't want to owe anyone for their help, even though...

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