3 April 2013
Research paper: As I Lay Dying
William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying” is a story about the Bundren family trying to complete the goal of burying their recently departed mother, Addie. Throughout the story the family undergoes many obstacles to complete the goal of burying Addie in Jefferson. It is from this action that shows how important Addie is to her family. In the story, the children show their love for their mother through many different ways. Love is expressed intensely throughout the story. In addition to the family’s love for their mother, they also show loyalty in keeping the wish their mother has of being buried in Jefferson no matter what they undergo. Love and loyalty is the Bundren’s motivation for accomplishing the task of burying their mother in Jefferson.
Throughout the story there are many narrations given from the family and outsider’s perspectives. Things are never directly said from the characters. Everything narrated is from the characters thoughts. Some things said in thought are not completely true. From the book, characters are described to be weird and not completely sane. By describing each member from Bundren family and the relationship they have with Addie, will justify the characters mental state and the type of relationship shared with Addie. This paper will prove the Bundren’s love and loyalty by analyzing actions and giving examples of the Bundren’s actions. The first character given by Faulkner is Darl, the second Bundren child. Darl is described as being fully aware and sensitive to the physical sensations around him. Darl's eyes and observations give a full perspective of the other characters. Darl is also able to understand the feelings of others. Darl loves his mother, but he resents that his mother loves his younger brother. So much so that Darl taunts his brother, Jewel. Darl is able to comprehend Jewel's love for Addie and realizes that the emotions Jewel...