Addie Bundren

(Novels for Students)

The family matriarch, Addie is Anse's wife and the mother of the Bundren children. She dies early in the book from a lingering illness, and...

(The entire section is 148 words.)

Anse Bundren

(Novels for Students)

Anse is the patriarch of the Bundren family. A selfish and lazy man, he claims sweat will kill him, and therefore refuses to work. Instead,...

(The entire section is 181 words.)

Cash Bundren

(Novels for Students)

The oldest son of Anse and Addie, Cash is a carpenter of extraordinary precision and skill. As his mother is dying, he carefully builds her...

(The entire section is 233 words.)

Darl Bundren

(Novels for Students)

The second of the Bundren children, Darl is a veteran of World War I. He narrates more sections of the book than any other character. He is...

(The entire section is 180 words.)

Dewey Dell Bundren

(Novels for Students)

Seventeen years old, Dewey Dell is the only daughter of the Bundren family. Like Darl and Vardaman, she feels rejected by her mother, Addie....

(The entire section is 119 words.)

Jewel Bundren

(Novels for Students)

Jewel, in his late teens, is Addie's third son and her favorite child. The product of her affair with Reverend Whitfield, Jewel does not know...

(The entire section is 204 words.)

Vardaman Bundren

(Novels for Students)

Vardaman is the youngest Bundren child. He cannot fully comprehend the reality of his mother's death. At first, he blames Dr. Peabody for...

(The entire section is 151 words.)

Other Characters

(Novels for Students)

Armstid
A local farmer, Armstid provides shelter for the Bundren family after their disastrous river crossing. He...

(The entire section is 427 words.)

Characters Developed

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

Much like the Compsons of The Sound and the Fury or the Sutpens of Absalom, Absalom, As I Lay Dying presents a family portrait of...

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