What role do "buzzards" play in As I Lay Dying? Or maybe in Jewel's mind? Cite as many sources as possible from the novel to support your points please. 

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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 passes, and the birds become more aggressive, moving closer and closer to Addie's corpse as the family travels toward her burial place. The buzzards remind readers that it is past time to give Addie a decent burial, yet her family is determined to continue the gruesome odyssey to reach the cemetery in town.

Several members of the Bundren family can be viewed symbolically as buzzards. Like the birds that circle the wagon, they prey on a dead body, using Addie's corpse as a means to their own aims. Though there is a nearby cemetery available, some of the family have their own selfish reasons for bypassing this solution and traveling to the town of Jefferson. Dewey Dell, for example, wants to go to town to get an abortion. Cash...

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