Chapters 6-10

“…his heart too full for words.”

Cora (Chapter 6)

Chapters six through ten in As I Lay Dying starts off with Cora tells us about how she love how Darl acts towards his mother and how she hates Jewel’s behavior. She says she feels bad for Addie. Cora mentions how she is a religious woman numerous of times. She is upset that Jewel and Anse decides to take the load to get three dollars instead of being there for Addie when she needs them. Cora also complains about Dewey Dell basically wanting Addie to hurry up and die. Chapter Seven is about how Dewey Dell is mad that Darl knows their mother will die without saying anything. Chapter Eight Tulls discusses what going to happen to Addie’s kids after she dies with Cora. Chapter Nine is in Anse’s viewpoint and he is in a bad mood. He blames the road for all bad luck and for his wife’s health. Chapter Ten Darl states the previous events over out loud.

Now that I have gotten more into the book, I’m learning more about each character and how they feel about the situation. Faulkner shows us how much Anse loves his wife by telling us how he blames the road for her sickness. In the first five chapter, Anse said that it was the doctor fault also for telling her because she listens to whatever the doctor tells her. The author also shows us that by Anse doing all of this he is selfish. He doesn’t really care about anyone but himself.

Dewey Dell: Addie’s daughter and she selfish just like her father. Tull: Wealthy neighbor of the Bundren’s Anse: Addie’s husband and a selfish man

In this point of the book, Jewel is still my favorite character. I feel like Jewel is a strong character. I feel a connection with him through this book. I see through what the other see of him and see him for him and not the mean self- centered person everyone else sees him as.

Now I feel like Darl and Dewey Dell are tied as my least favorite characters. I still don’t like the fact that Darl is basically a crybaby. I feel like he wants everything his way but like shadows it with wanting to be under his mother at all time and in her presence. He also likes to make people feel the same way he does by telling what already happened out loud again to show how much he doesn’t like it, which is annoying. Dewey Dell is selfish and rude. She was mad at the fact that Darl knew that their mother was doing to die without words. That was really selfish of her and ignorant. Her attitude towards anyone that approaches her mother is wrong nasty also.

Chapter 1-5

“Riches is nothing in the face of the Lord for He can see into the heart.” -Cora (Chapter Two)

As I Lay Dying starts off in the perspective of Darl, which is Addie Bundren’s son. He starts by stating what’s going on. His mother is on her deathbed and is watching Cash make her coffin. Then in Chapter Two the perspective switches to Cora who is a family’s friend. Cora is a true Christian and doesn’t question God at all. Chapter Three switches back to Darl’s perspective. Darl tells us how he loves to drink water especially at night and how Jewel is an animal abuser. Chapter Four is in Jewel’s, Addie’s other son, perspective. Jewel doesn’t believe in God and hates how everyone is treating his mother by building her coffin, where she can watch, and fanning her, waiting on her to die. Jewel just wants to be alone with his mother on her final days. Chapter Five switches back to Darl’s perspective. Darl says Jewel wanted to make three dollars, but in order to make them, they had to leave their mother, while she is on her deathbed. Addie wants her family there with her when she dies. She also believes what the doctor tells her. Jewel fusses the entire time because he hates how everyone is rushing Addie to die.

When I first started reading As I Lay Dying, I noticed that every chapter is in a different person’s point of view. Each character has a different view of what’s happening. The feelings toward each other and about the situation is very subjective. So far in this book, I don’t know who to trust. The author, William Faulkner, identify each character by an object. Each object is a symbol in the book.

Darl: second oldest of Addie’s children and the most sensitive
Jewel: meanest of all of Addie’s children but is very passionate and loving towards his mother also an animal abuser
Cora: a religious woman and Tull’s wife

Tull’s wagon: wealth and industry
Cash’s saw: carpenter
Addie’s coffin: death

So far in this book I feel like Jewel is going to be my favorite character. Jewel seems independent and has so much love for his mother. I can tell that Jewel means well when it comes to those he cares about. He did not want his mother to watch his brother build her coffin or have people waiting on her to die; he just wants to spend the rest of his mother days with her alone. The only flaw about Jewel I don’t like and disagree with is his cruelty towards animals. If he did not abuse the horse he would be the perfect character to me in this book.

My least favorite character in As I Lay Dying is Darl. Darl is the typical character that everyone loves. He is kind and very sensitive, but to me he is weird. Who wonders at night, naked and feeling themselves but not touching themselves, thinking if their older brother is doing the same? I do give Darl his props though. He does care for his mother a lot to want to stay with her until she dies to spend her last moments with her family.