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 book that denote their poverty. In contrast, their neighbors the Tulls are a wealthier family, they have means and run successful businesses, and are less neurotic—leaving them more time to be successful.
Faulkner begins showing the wealth of the Tulls and the poverty of the Bundrens in the first section of the novel, which is narrated by Darl Bundren. Darl tells us that he and Jewel his brother are traveling to their home in the first section. Jewel is described as,
...anyone watching us from the cottonhouse can see Jewel’s frayed and broken straw hat...
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