The Lord Giveth Quote Analysis

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In the literal context, Anse was thinking about religion, as he often does during the story. The thought is also a metonymy for the novel as a whole. The first part of the quote talks about losing something one once have. The Bundrens have lost their mother or wife, and state earlier in the book “the Lord giveth,” in relation to her death, assumedly a part of the common phrase “the lord giveth, and the lord taketh away.” For the second part of Anse’s quote, he talks of acquiring items or services that one had not previously had once one arrives in heaven. Town is the heaven in this sense, and the Bundrens wish to go to town to find good they desire. Anse says at the end of the chapter that he wants new teeth, Vardaman wants the toy train, and

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