This is a character analysis on Addie Bundren in William Faulkner's "As I lay Dying."

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As I Lay Dying and Decomposing

William Faulkner is one of the most published major American authors in the twentieth century. He uses many literary techniques that often times disorient the reader, but that is what makes his writing so unique. As I Lay Dying is a literary work with many voices and Faulkner's style seems to vary according to whichever character is narrating the section in his fifty-nine-section novel. The major technique that Faulkner uses in many of the sections is called "stream of consciousness." This is when the author writes as though he is inside the mind of the characters. Since a normal person's mind can jump from one event to the next, stream of consciousness tries to capture this idea ( In many ways "As I Lay Dying" is a novel about language, speech and interpersonal communication, and in this paper I will show how Addie Bundren's soliloquy reflects upon that.

This story details a journey in which the Bundren family embarks on to bury the matriarch of their family, Addie. Addie wants to be buried in the family plot in the town of Jefferson. Each of the family members have their own reasons and motives for the journey but they agree to go on the adventure nonetheless. The first problem we must decipher is the reason why Addie insists that Anse promise to take her back to Jefferson. From the very beginning of her life, Addie feels that she has been neglected and that her father was unaware of her presence. He did not seem to notice her nor care for her. Moreover, early in Addie's section she tells us of her abhorrence towards her students, "I would go down the hill to the spring where I could be quiet and hate them" (Faulkner169). Addie...