Jones 1 Jessica Jones Ms. Klingbeil AP Literature and Composition 18 October 2017 Eternal Dysfunctionality in the Bundrends Minds A family defined as a group of individuals tied to each other by blood view themselves as the most intolerable group of people, but also the group one turns to for love and support. In William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, that is not the case for the Bundrens. The portrayal of the Bundrens is anything but the traditional family; from the start of the novel the reader is cognizant of the obscure nature of each character as being strange, and a broken family. Faulkner presents them as lacking the familial traits: having compassion and unconditional love for one another, because of this they experience a sense of detachment. Throughout their journey, the Bundrens portray a dysfunctional family. They are an untraditional family who does not react to Addie’s death in a typical manner that one would expect during the grieving process as they have an absence of sympathy. Their dysfunctionality leads to the Bundrens repressing their emotions- thus continuing this endless cycle of detachment. The Bundrens are the antithesis to an ideal family; expressing their dysfunctionality. A healthy family dynamic allows for the individuals to maintain a balance of closeness and distance (Goddard). In contrast,
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