A masterpiece by William Faulkner called “As I Lay Dying” was published in 1930, and soon became very popular with the public due to its innovative and original style.The novel consists of 59 sections which are in the form of monologues, and 15 different people narrate the story from their viewpoint.For instance, early on Cash builds his mother's coffin in view and within hearing of the entire Bundren family and their neighbors, the Tulls.
Describe her feelings for each and what those feelings suggest.
Addie Bundren married Anse just because there was nothing else to do.
Also, in an effort to make sense of the horror associated with his mother's death, the young boy Vardaman transmutes Addie into the fish he caught that morning.
The fish is dead, he reckons, and his mother is dead and thus his mother must be a fish.
That’s why he doesn’t help to drag the coffin out of the water and tries to burn it later.
Of course, this is not the best way to help his mother, but Darl is very much traumatized, and, thus, cannot find any other way out.During the trip to Jefferson, all members of Bundren family seem to care very little about the death of Addie, because Anse is more concerned with the future purchase of false teeth, and the only daughter of Bundrens is trying to buy some medicine to abort her undesirable pregnancy.Because the Bundrens face a lot of obstacles while going to Jefferson Darl Bundren finds it difficult to see how his dead mother’s body suffers and decides to help her.They are selfish, lazy and crazy and the consequent tension surrounding the family, who preach brotherly love while stabbing everyone in the back, results in nervous humor-like that evoked when someone slips on a banana peel.For instance, Cash builds the coffin directly under the dying Addie's window as though he were anxious for her to die so everyone can see just what a great carpenter he is.He doesn’t find any other ways besides burning the coffin with Addie Bundren while staying overnight at the house of Gillespie.For this reason, he sets fire to Gillespie’s barn, however, his brother Jewel saves the corpse of the mother, and she is buried in Jefferson the next day.Darl Bundren is disturbed by the death of his mother more than other members of the family.He is sensitive, and he realizes that this trip to Jefferson will cause only harm to his dead mother, thinking that her only wish now is to be buried somewhere and to be out of people’s sight.Darl Bundren is the brightest character in the novel, whom the readers meet more often than others, as he narrates the story in nineteen sections of the novel.Darl Bundren is a poetic and understandable character, despite, the fact that he is described as queer, lazy, pottering about the place no better than Anse by some of the main characters.