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William Faulkners As I Lay Dying is a novel about howthe conflicting agendas within a family tear it apartEvery member of the family is to a degree responsible forwhat goes wrong but none more than Anse Anseslaziness and selfishness are the underlying factors to everydisaster in the book As the critic Andre Bleikasten agrees there is scarcely acharacter in Faulkner so loaded with faults and vices84 At twenty-two Anse becomes sick from working in the sunafter which he refuses to work claiming he will die if heever breaks a sweat again Anse becomes lazy and turnsAddie into a baby factory in order to have children to doall the work Addie is inbittered by this and is never thesame Anse is begrudging of everything Even the cost of adoctor for his dying wife seems money better spent onfalse teeth to him I never sent for you Anse says I takeyou to witness I never sent for you 37 he repeats tryingto avoid a doctors fee Before she dies Addie requests to be buried in JeffersonWhen she does Anse appears obsessed with burying herthere Even after Addie had been dead over a week andall of the bridges to Jefferson are washed out he is stilldetermined to get to Jefferson Is Anse sincere in wanting to fulfill his promise to Addieor is he driven by another motive Anse plays toperfection the role of the grief-stricken widowerBleikasten 84 while secretly thinking only of gettinganother wife and false teeth in Jefferson When it becomesnecessary to drive the wagon across the river he proveshimself to be undeniably lazy as he makes Cash Jeweland Darl drive the wagon across while he walks over thebridge a spectator Anse is also stubborn he could have borrowed a team ofmules from Mr Armstid but he insists that Addie wouldnot have wanted it that way In truth though Anse usesthis to justify trading Jewels horse for the mules to sparehimself the expense Numerous times in the
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