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As I lay dying paper

As I lay dying paper - Kayla Murphy English 2340 2:00 Dr...

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Kayla Murphy September 27, 2011 English 2340 2:00 Dr. Pizzino Writing Assignment #5 A large portion of Addie’s only section within the novel is devoted to a rant against the use of words. Addie does not put faith in words because “…words dont ever fit even what they are trying to say at.” (171) Addie finds words to be useless because she has been deceived by them time and again, particularly when her marriage to Anse fails to meet her expectations. Cash’s birth gives Addie’s pitiful life meaning: “And when I knew that I had Cash, I knew that living was terrible and that this was the answer to it.” (171) To Addie, the sense of purpose and pride that accompanies motherhood is indescribable. To Addie, words are “just a shape to fill a lack” (172). Addie does not believe that words can adequately describe any emotion, maintaining that the only way to know it is through experience, just as she could not comprehend the purpose of life until she gave the gift of life to a child. Addie loves and dotes upon Cash because he has given her a reason to tolerate her less than satisfactory life. When Darl is born, however, Addie is enraged. Darl proves to be a constant reminder that Addie’s life is not her own. Anse controls her reproductive future, promising more violation of the aloneness that Cash made whole: “…you and me aint nigh done chapping yet, with just two” (173). After the violation which resulted in Darl, however, Addie begins an
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