Addie Bundren In The 1920's

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Addie Bundren is not an American character because she rejects the role of motherhood. In the 1920’s, women wanted to get married and have a family of their own and that was their purpose in life. Before marrying Anse, Addie was a school teacher who secretly hated the children in her class. She would thoroughly enjoy whipping them because it made her feel apart of their lives. Addie had no purpose when she was single and wanted to be noticed as a person. Although she liked being alone, she assumed getting married to Anse and having her own children would fill this emptiness inside her. Instead, she says she felt her “aloneness had been violated” and motherhood turned out to introduce death to her and her loved ones. After cash is born, she says her husband is dead to her. After her second son Darl is born, her role of being a mother has completely evaporated into darkness and her path towards death has begun. She wishes to be buried with her blood relatives as she prepares for death. During this preparation, she finds the excitement in having an affair with Whitfield and having a son, Jewel. Addie finds her motherhood love in having Jewel because he is…show more content…
A normal mother would not dare put her children through these emotions of not being wanted or loved. She does not love, but calls love a word that is just a shape to fill a lack. She also says about her children “Cash and Darl…their names would die and solidify into a shape and then fade away…It doesn’t matter”. Also the meaning of life to her is “to get ready to stay dead a long time”. Most people fear death or have a personal meaning of living. Addie is a daring character because she is selfish. She ignores the hurt in her husband’s heart when she has an affair with Whitfield and then has his child. She has no remorse or guilt, as she loves only Jewel out of all the children she has

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