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The action of William Faulkners As I Lay Dying is simple Addie Bundren dies and in answer to her wishes the body is taken for burial to Jefferson some forty miles away But the weather intervenes and floodwaters require that the cortege take detours Some nine days pass before the coffin which before long clearly announces its passing to neighboring places is finally laid to rest These days involve battling flood water and a fire set by one of the children the threat of buzzards the hazards of a broken leg and other incidental losses and disasters In the end after Addie is buried her bereaved husband appears with the second Mrs Bundren She brings with her a gramophone as dowry and the Bundren family is once again reunited with the exception of Darl who has been sent to the state hospitalFaulkner exposed the Bundren family to two of the greatest disasters known to man Flood and Fire But As I Lay Dying is not merely a story of disasters or of a mission nobly achieved in spite of serious difficulties Nor is it simply a comedy of horrors Whatever it has of biblical or legendary suggestiveness is a matter of inference Primarily the novel is a psychological study of several perspectives upon truth and the truth in this case is not dying but the circumstances of being born and of the livingThis interpretation of the novel makes Addie imperatively its center It is her consciousness and her memory of the Bundren past that makes the narrative passages of her family what they are reflections in both style and point of view of the place of each Bundren in the whole Addie has only one monologue to herself but it is the key to the novel It is ironically placed in the external action after her son Jewel has rescued her coffin from floodwaters The monologue occurs as I lay dying but it is revealed
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