As I Lay Dying Character Analysis

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Throughout history, humankind questions their place within the universe. In William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, the preoccupied Bundren family struggles on their journey to bring the decaying Addie Bundren to Jefferson, forty miles away from their home. The children Cash, Darl, Jewel, Dewey Dell and Vardaman each display their own internal conflict, distracting them from the death of their mother. Although Vardaman and Darl demonstrate an quizative outlook on life, William Faulkner displays Darl’s inability to connect with his family in contrast to Vardaman’s sociable quality, which instills the ubiquitous quandary of existence. When questioning the world around him, Vardaman relays on his naїve rationale to justify the world around him. Due to his young age, Vardaman’s childish…show more content…
Vardaman notices his family’s attention towards Cash because of his injury, yet only thinks “We go on. Dewey Dell leans back and wipes Cash’s face. Cash is my brother” (196). William Faulkner’s use of stream of consciousness depicts Vardaman’s thoughts as only focused on himself rather than the wounded Cash. While Dewey Dell displays physical concern for Cash, Vardaman only can think of the facts, emphasizing inability to think of other feelings, forcing him to question his own life. This inquiry comes from his callow thought of why life is not fair. The inequalities present between the country and city boy’s ability to buy a train causes Vardaman to wonder “ why [he ain’t] a town boy? God made [him and he] did not said to God to made [him] in the country” (66). Vardaman’s interrogatory syntax manifests his quizative nature, which stems from his curiosity; something only found in children. Through physically asking pa, he demonstrates a genuine interest in how the world (and God) function, something the majority of

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