As I Lay Dying - As I Lay Dying 1 Author William Faulkner...

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As I Lay Dying 1. Author: William Faulkner William Faulkner grew up in a post-Civil War era, southern home. Themes of the South are recurrent in his works. He wrote several of his works using interior monologues and time shifts. Faulkner was one of the Modernist writers, a group that tried to make sense of broken words after the government had used them in propaganda after WWI. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature in 1949. 2. Setting: Rural Mississippi 3. Characters: Addie Bundren: She is Anse’s wife, and the mother of the Bundren kids. Her death occurs early in the novel, and it is her last wish that her family bury her in Jefferson, her hometown. This wish is her revenge to Anse and the family for working her to death. Anse Bundren: Addie’s husband, Anse is selfish, lazy, and does not do much work because he is afraid to break a sweat. His true motives for going to Jefferson are to get false teeth and to remarry. Cash Bundren: The eldest Bundren child, he builds Addie’s coffin. He breaks his leg on the way to burying Addie and waits to be treated properly. Darl Bundren: He has the most monologues and seems to be the most aware of the family. He tries to burn down a barn to burn Addie’s coffin and is sent to a mental institution.
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