As I lay Dying
William Faulkner was born in 1897 to a southern family is Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner has written a substantial amount of short stories and novels from his little farm in Oxford. As I Lay Dying, a novel by Faulkner has received much praise and was ranked in 1992 as one of the top hundred novels of the twentieth century. As I lay Dying is a novel which takes place in the early to late 1920's in the small imaginary county of Yoknapatawpha. Faulkner directs the readers eyes to a very southern town where the terrain is very rough and so are the times.
The novel takes us to Faulkners imaginary town where a maiden by the name of Addie Bundren is dying in her bed. Addie who is married to a lazy greedy man by the name of Anse wants to buried in Jefferson, "where her people are from." Once Addie dies the plot of the story comes along as the family of six goes to put Addie to rest. As the plot thickens the reader becomes involved in a unique writing style which explores every characters thoughts and feelings. Each chapter there is a new character telling there side and this is when the whole story comes out. The novel takes the reader through a journey once Addie dies that explores many different themes. Grievin
As I Lay Dying was a very confusing novel for me and I will most likely read it again due to the fact I don't think I got everything. This act is not justified but from Darls point of view his mother is rotting away and he feels that he had to do something to put an end to her suffering. Vardaman is young and has no real clue what is going on around him. The journey also is factual due to the use of horses and carriages and Addies body being kept in a homemade coffin. While the journey to bury Addie is proceeding the greed is swarming over the five children and also Anse. Lastly Faulkner does an excellent job of involving greed throughout the novel. She wants to tell people she is pregnant but her mother is dying and she is lonely. Greed is one of the themes which brings out the plot of the story. The death of Addie has a major effect on the family and each of them grieve their own way. Also when cash breaks his leg and they put cement around it to stabilize it. Throughout the novel grieving is seen and sometimes the reader has to catch it through characters actions rather then words. Also Darls character was intriguing in how he was always the one who knew everything about everyone.