As I Lay Dying Overview As I Lay Dying is a 1930 novel by American author William Faulkner. Anse, the family's stupid and weak patriarch, sends two sons, Darl and , on a lumber shipping job that will net the family a few extra dollars. The plot follows the Bundren family after the death of their matriarch, Addie. From Darl, we hear that Cash is a good carpenter and that their mother could not expect a better coffin than the one Cash is building. Then we get a chapter from Addie. Unfortunately, a storm then comes through causing the river to rise and the bridge to be unstable.
Messing with us readers, I think. Oh, and what if the whole thing is written in stream-of-consciousness style, where thoughts and feelings flow like a river from the narrator's mind, sort of like an unfocused interior monologue? Faulkner's fifth novel, it is consistently ranked among the best novels of 20th-century literature. He walks deep into the woods not knowing it is midnight. Δε νομίζω ότι μπορεί να ισχυριστεί κάποιος ότι λάτρεψε το στόρυ, όμως η τεχνική, οι εστιασμένες περιγραφές και το υποδόροιο χιούμορ είναι ικανά για να πιστέψει κανείς κλείνοντας το βιβλίο, ότι διάβασε ένα διαμάντι! In fact, I'm not entirely convinced I should like him at all. And yet Darl has been one of Faulkner's most expressive and poetic creations. The family's trek by wagon begins, with Addie's non-embalmed body in the coffin. The constraints placed on the text make the themes of this book explode with meaning.
After Faulkner's father died, and in need of money, he decided to sell the rights to film Sanctuary, later titled The Story of Temple Drake 1933. Jewel, meanwhile, saves his mother's body from the fire, just as he saved her coffin from the swollen river, thus fulfilling his mother's prophecy that Jewel would save her. Vernon Tull helps Jewel to rescue the coffin from the river. This fact might explain the extreme possessiveness with which she watches over Addie. I would think how words go straight up in a thin line, quick and harmless, and how terribly doing goes along the earth, clinging to it, so that after a while the two lines are too far apart for the same person to straddle from one to the other; and that sin and love and fear are just sounds that people who never sinned nor loved nor feared have for what they never had and cannot have until they forget the words. As a teenager, Faulkner was taken by drawing.
Their matriarch, Addie, dies early in the novel and then the family sets out to bury her in nearby Jefferson. Anse goes into a house to borrow two spades with which to bury Addie. Faulkner includes important themes in his work, such as religion, poverty and identity in the Southern United States, but I still feel like other authors have done this in a more palatable way. Because of the novel's unique structure, the isolation of the characters is highlighted. This is one of Faulkner's true masterpieces: a grotesque road trip with a rotting corpse told in the voices of the extremely dysfunctional and occasionally insane family members. Darl lies on his mother's coffin and cries. The characterization is, for the most part, fantastic.
He is the lord of his own laws. He orders him to pay twenty bushels of corn for the ruined rug. A back country family in Mississippi in the 20s has their dear mama Addie Bundren up and die on them and the lazy-ass sumbitch daddy thinks he then has to carry out her settled dying wish which, very unreasonably, was to get buried with her own kin 40 miles aw Once you get past the ungainly oddness and wild strangeness which assails you from every direction, then you can see the weirdness which lies beyond. Darl tells Dewey Dell that she will need to sell her cakes in Mottson. The family and the society do not charge Darl for his criminal barn burning activity, rather the Bundrens claim that Darl is insane, and sends him to a Jackson mental institution.
In the town of Mottson, residents react with horror to the stench coming from the Bundren wagon. But Darl knows that in truth Jewel has passed through the barn and out into the pasture, to work with his horse. His ruin has a tragic depth and dignity. Cash's tool is lost in the river so all the family members with Tull go to riverbed in order to look for it. So the Bundrens are compelled to cross the river with the coffin through the temporary and crude bridge.
I was expecting the run-on sentences and outright rejection of periods that I found in the first book. Faulkner puts us at his mercy. Darl tells us what he and alone can observe, and his isolation is the most poetic; ultimately, it is also the most tragic. The whole macabre spectacle of the journey to bury Addie is what was crazy. Plot Summary of Faulkner's As I Lay Dying The novel As I Lay Dying opens with the scene of the ill Addie Bundren lying on the bed. Plot Summary As the story begins, Addie is dying hence the title! Dewey Dell again tries to get an abortion drug. That feeling when you close a book, and it is like you can't breathe, because all the breath of life seems to be stuck in that story, and you just finished it, and there is a vacuum inside.
In my mind this makes him the literary equivalent of that one cheerleader in high school that everyone secretly hated because she seemed so damned perfect. Jewel offers one humorous insight into the character of Cash, prompted by the fact that Cash, the most literal-minded of the children, is actually building the coffin under Addie's window. Most of the time, Dewey Dell seems very partial to Darl. Bundren , but there are fewer members in family to listen while Jewel remains as a a living lie. The first section introduces the introspective Darl, who is the only son who is fully aware of all types of sensory images and impressions.