As I Lay Dying

An analysis of the characters in William Faulkner’s novel As I Lay Dying.

Mistrustful of language, of rhetoric, Addie has lived and dies through accomplishment. Anger, hatred, jealousy, loyalty, reverence, fear Faulkner creates a panorama as he presents the characters dramatically. Faulkner seems to have intended to expose the Bundren family to the two greatest disasters known to man: flood and fire. This read of the novel establishes Addie imperatively at its center. Cash’s birth was the dividing line in Addie’s relationship with her husband. Jewel lives in the terms of Addie’s being.