As I Lay Dying Questions and Answers

As I Lay Dying

On a literal level, the buzzards that follow the Bundrens' wagon in William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying are a constant reminder that Addie's body is decaying. The number of buzzards increases as time...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2019, 4:13 pm (UTC)

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Modernism has come to be identified with a few specific stylistic methods and a few over-arching themes. Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying exemplifies the hallmarks of modernism in both of these areas as...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2016, 3:03 pm (UTC)

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Considering how Faulkner’s use of language makes each of his words feel seeped with meaning, there are multiple arguments to consider when formulating a thesis on As I Lay Dying. When crafting your...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2019, 3:13 am (UTC)

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Impassioned and wild and set apart from the family, Jewel has a special connection to a horse just as his mother has a special connection to him. "Jewel Bundren, Preacher Whitfield’s illegitimate...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2015, 3:15 pm (UTC)

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Through Cash's description of making his mother's coffin, the reader can tell that he is very meticulous and also has a difficult time dealing with her death. Instead of engaging directly with his...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2016, 12:12 pm (UTC)

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In William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, Anse Bundren believes that the roads are the source of his family’s problems. Let’s look at what he says about roads. First, roads bring bad luck right to...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2022, 8:55 pm (UTC)

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This particular quotation illustrates one of the book's main themes, that of the nature of mortality. In this part of the world, with its grinding poverty and chronic lack of opportunity, death can...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2019, 5:17 am (UTC)

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Although race is an overwhelmingly important theme on William Faulkner's work, it is more of a background issue in As I Lay Dying than in his other novels. However, racial inequality for Faulkner...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2019, 4:05 pm (UTC)

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This is a very difficult question. The answer is not necessarily "out there" to be found, as Faulkner's use of italics in this novel are not entirely consistent. We can see some relationship...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2012, 7:25 am (UTC)

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In As I Lay Dying, Jewel’s biological father is Reverend Whitfield, the man who had an affair with Addie before the story begins. Jewel’s father is not Anse Bundren, the biological father of all...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2022, 1:32 am (UTC)

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An allusion is a term used by literary critics to describe an author referring to elements from literature, the arts, history, or popular culture within a text. Another term sometimes used to...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2017, 5:20 am (UTC)

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As I Lay Dying blends elements of tragedy and comedy. Tragically, the Bundren children are reared by their lazy and selfish father (Anse) and by their mother Addie. Addie loves only her son Jewel,...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2018, 2:20 pm (UTC)

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In keeping with the air of Southern Gothic grotesquerie that pervades the book, Addie’s burial is a highly unusual affair, to say the least. As one would expect with the highly dysfunctional...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2020, 2:22 pm (UTC)

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Jewel and Cash see themselves in very different ways; Cash is a responsible son who sacrifices himself for his mother, while Jewel is the prized son who always receives his mother's attention....

Latest answer posted November 8, 2016, 5:26 pm (UTC)

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Addie calls Jewel her salvation because he seems to be the one thing in life she got to choose. He is the bastard child of Whitfield, the minister. Having the religious leader be the father of...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018, 7:47 pm (UTC)

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In Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, Cora indicates that Darl has a different relationship to his mother Addie than his brothers and sisters do that she, for some reason, can sense: It was like he would...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2016, 11:24 pm (UTC)

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One of Faulkner's themes in "As I Lay Dying" is that of identity. Vardamen, the baby of the family, seeks to identify himself in relation to other members of his family. He repeats these...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2009, 2:13 pm (UTC)

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In As I Lay Dying, the buzzards represent the presence of death and the presence of those who prey on death. Jewel, for example, likens his siblings, such as Dewey Dell, to buzzards, waiting for...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2022, 12:40 am (UTC)

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In As I Lay Dying William Faulkner tells the tragic story of the Bundren family’s quest to bury their mother. The Bundrens are a poor family in the rural South, and there are a few details from the...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2019, 4:41 pm (UTC)

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Several literary devices are used in As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. The most obvious is the title’s allusion, or reference, to The Odyssey by Homer. The novel’s title alludes to Agamemnon’s...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2018, 4:27 pm (UTC)

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As I Lay Dying is rife with selfish and senseless characters. However, Cash Bundren stands out as a character whose dedication, compassion, and sacrifices contrast with the rampant self-interest in...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018, 6:22 pm (UTC)

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Darl is probably the most dynamic character in the book, in the sense that he undergoes the greatest change. His defining characteristic is perceptiveness, and that characteristic does remain...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2012, 1:51 am (UTC)

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With fifteen different narratives in the form of stream of consciousness, the reader of As I Lay Dying understands that there are fifteen different realities--no absolutes. In this way, the reader...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2014, 8:29 am (UTC)

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I see the bananas as something longed for which shows the limitations of the Bundren's imagination and/or aspiration. Anse only longs for teeth and a new wife, Dewy Dell not to be pregnant and...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2012, 11:35 pm (UTC)

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This is a challenging question because Modernism complicates how we define heroism, and Faulkner tends to be rather tricky in how he presents character. In a traditional sense in which the hero...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2019, 1:28 pm (UTC)

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Dewey Dell and Darl share a trait: both have the ability to "talk without the words," although Darl possesses the trait more acutely than his sister. When he sees Dewey Dell, he knows she is...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2011, 2:01 am (UTC)

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William Faulkner is a writer who appreciated good writing. He wanted to be judged at least as much by the skill of his phrasing as by the themes or ideas dealt with in his works. He was, in fact, a...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2012, 1:23 am (UTC)

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I think that Darl deserves to be free of the burdens of his family, and it is touching that Cash is able to see that Darl deserves something better. However, I concur with #2 in that he does not...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2012, 10:51 pm (UTC)

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In her only narration, Addie--already dead--narrates the following: And when I knew that I had Cash . . . That was when I learned that words are no good; that words dont ever fit even what they...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2010, 9:15 am (UTC)

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Darl is responsible for telling more of the story than anyone else, and we should sympathise with the burdens which he carries, as he is the character who has the most empathy for others. In this...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2012, 10:47 pm (UTC)

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Addie's influence on the children is more toxic than Anse's because, while he is indifferent to them, she actively dislikes most of her children and has a preference only for Jewel. Cora notes that...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2019, 10:15 pm (UTC)

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We can say that the two concepts that anchor this novel are family and psychology. These concepts are intertwined in some complex ways and we can see this exemplified in the chapter that depicts...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2015, 11:12 pm (UTC)

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One of the main allusions to the Greek literary tradition comes when Darl burns down the barn to honor his mother's death. The Greeks believed in a quick and dignified burial. For example, in...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2008, 12:45 pm (UTC)

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Just to add to the strong points of the above response: Addie is so perverse in her hatred of Anse that she dislikes all of her children but the "love child" that she has had with the minister,...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2010, 7:16 am (UTC)

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Reverend Whitfield is the man with whom Addie has an affair during her marriage to Anse, and he is also the father of Jewel. Whitfield gets to narrate one chapter, and, during this section, we...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2018, 2:30 am (UTC)

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This is an interesting question requiring us to engage in some conjecture. We can only surmise about what the reasons for this might be. Some evidence we might consider: Jewel and Addie are...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2013, 1:45 pm (UTC)

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To some extent, the entire novel constitutes one huge paradox. Addie’s family members profess their loyalty and devotion to their mother and the ostensible purpose of their trip is to bury her, but...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2019, 5:45 am (UTC)

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Vardaman Bundren in William Faulkner's novel As I Lay Dying is a six-year-old child, brought up in an eccentric family living in the rural south, who has just been traumatized by the death of his...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2015, 2:04 pm (UTC)

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William Faulkner’s decision to use the “stream of consciousness” technique in his novel titled As I Lay Dying gives the novel a number of different tones, since the separate consciousness of each...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2012, 2:55 am (UTC)

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Jewel is given the name Jewel because his birth is the product of an affair between Addie, our main character, and the town clergyman, Whitfield. He is Addie's Jewel because he was a byproduct of...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2010, 11:27 am (UTC)

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Dewey Dell rationalizes that her pregnancy was not her fault. She and Lafe were picking cotton near the woods "and the secret shade," and she said, "will I or wont I [have sex] when...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2008, 2:31 am (UTC)

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Despite being described as useless and ineffectual, Addie Bundren’s husband, Anse, fulfills his promise to bury her among her own family members in Jefferson. This was a moral action, as he could...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2020, 2:55 pm (UTC)

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At the end of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, Darl Bundren is sent to an insane asylum, but this is ironic and even tragic as he may be the sanest member of his family. Let's explore this in...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2022, 12:48 am (UTC)

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Jefferson's modernity is startling because the Bundrens have been depicted as living such pre-modern lives that much of the story seems as if it were actually set in the nineteenth century. The...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2022, 5:50 pm (UTC)

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Whitfield in As I Lay Dying is a failed minister and the epitome of religious hypocrisy. Faulkner utilizes the character as a veiled criticism of organized religion and those who are leaders within...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2020, 8:31 pm (UTC)

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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,...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2018, 4:33 pm (UTC)

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The bulk of the novel concerns the journey the Bundrens take to Jefferson to bury their dead matriarch Addie. The family is ignorant and grotesque. However, the term "grotesque" in literature...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2018, 1:29 am (UTC)

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A thesis statement needs to introduce your main idea and a "controlling" idea to give body and contrast to your essay. Your topic appears to be to find and explain examples of existential themes in...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2020, 6:44 pm (UTC)

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Modernist literature often concentrates on a “personal relationship with the past”. The overwhelming subtext of As I Lay Dying deals directly with this concept, focusing thematically and...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2012, 7:41 am (UTC)

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Cora and Addie are discussing the relative challenges of womanhood, and it is here that we think Cora realises that Addie has a secret she will not reveal. Cora grumbles about Addie that- You’d...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2011, 1:30 pm (UTC)

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