Literary Criticism - Sheth 1 Roshni Sheth As I Lay Dying...

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Sheth 1 Roshni Sheth January 23, 2009 As I Lay Dying Literary Criticism William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying illustrates the Bundren family’s journey to Jefferson, Mississippi to bury their mother Addie Bundren. While Addie is dead for most of the novel, she plays an important role in the characterization of her children. Marc Hewson describes Addie’s this maternal impact by explaining how Addie has lead her children, especially her sons, away from Anse’s lazy, empty lifestyle. Foremost, she teaches them that meaningless words are not nearly as significant as what actions portray. Primarily, Hewson describes the differences between Anse and Addie’s points of view on life. Early in the novel, Anse shows disdain for the horizontal road that goes straight by his house. Anse associates the roads and anything horizontal, like horses and wagons, with femininity (Hewson 2). He goes on to mention that if God wanted man to move, He would make man vertical, but, as Hewson points out, Anse believes “God must have meant him to remain stationary ” (Hewson 2). Anse proves to be a lethargic man who had not helped with the
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