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As I Lay Dying Charaxcterization Essay

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Analyzing Characterization In As I Lay Dying
In William Faulkner’s, As I Lay Dying, characters create themselves through their narrations of the event of their Addie’s death. The novel relies on characters for narration and own character development. In a way, the characters expose themselves in the novels and the novel becomes a form of “reflective characterization.” The narrations give insight to the characters personality by the syntax, imagery, stream of consciousness they employ. Often each narrative also offers a different perspective of another character or affirms the self-characterization of another character.
Darl, who narrates most of the story, seems to be the most cerebral ...view middle of the document...

Darl is realistic. However, although it seems as though Darl’s actions are driven by his power of perception which exceeds the rest of his family the other narratives suggest that they are rather driven by mental problems. Darls attempt to the burn the barn with his mother’s coffin is a good example of this. Through his narration it seems as though his attempt to burn the barn was just part of his quest to put his mother’s body to rest in an easy, natural way rather than trekking her to Jefferson. When his efforts are failed with Jewel finding the coffin, he lies upon her coffin and weeps. If Darl realizes that the journey is a farce and that his father’s motives aren’t noble, then burning the body as soon possible is a fairly logical attempt. It’s his attempt at burning away everything his family has built up on the course of this journey. At the end of the journey Cash contemplates the barn-burning and encourages the view that perhaps how mad Darl is he is perhaps the sanest of them all. “He did take her outen our hands and get shut of her in some clean way…I can almost believe he done right (223-224). Unfortunately, not everyone saw what Cash and Darl saw. Jewell and Dell give Darl away to men to take him to a mental institution. However, in his last passage, perhaps for a moment Darl even doubts his own sanity. When he refers to himself in the third person, he is merely reflecting to himself that he knows now what others have been thinking about him. He understands now all their hatred and envy of his superiority. One of the great ironies of the book, consequently, comes from the fact that Darl, the only person capable of reaching an awareness of the complexities of life, is sent to the insane asylum.
Like Darl, Cash can think more logically then the rest of the Bundrens as seen through his narration. For one, he lists out all the reasons building the coffin on a bevel is advantageous. He cites reasons instead of delving into emotions. His Type- A perfectionist personality can be seen when he holds each board to the coffin up to the window for his mother to approve. Each son has their own way of showing their love to Addie and for Cash , creating her coffin was his final gift to her. Its only logical that her final resting place be as orderly as possible. His actions to silently bear the pain of his broken leg and not to harbor any jealousy over Jules’ horse makes him appear as a Jesus- figure in the book. Not to mention he is also a carpenter.
Jewel is Addie’s third child and narrates Section 4. Biologically Jewel is not a part of the Bundren household. This is also shown in the novel through Darl who repeatedly describes him as pale, wooden, rigid, solid – words that both characterize and separate Jewel, physically, from the others. Jewel isolates himself from the rest of the Bundren family. However, when he has an opportunity to get away from the Bundrens, he decides to come back and give up the horse he loved so much because of his...

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