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As I Lay Dying is one of William Faulkners early novels about how a family is torn apart because of conflicting agendas The character Anse who is the father in this novel is probably more responsible more than any other for what eventually goes wrong with his family We also need to remember that other members of the family are responsible for what happens to themselves I speak here about the way they allow their father to take advantage of them If one was to look at the disasters that take place in this novel we would find two underlying factors that contribute to these fiascoes Anses selfishness and lazy behavior I found myself disgusted with Anse for his faults as an irresponsible husband and father In the beginning of the novel we discover that at the age of 22 Anse had become sick from working in the sun From then on he used this as an excuse and refuses to ever sweat again claiming he would die After marrying Anse Addie becomes embittered because of her husbands irresponsible lazy practices Part of her bitterness towards her husband is because he has used her to make children to do the work that he is unwilling to perform himself Anse seems to be resentful of everything This can be illustrated for example when the doctor arrives to see Anses dying wife He complains I never sent for you take you to witness I never sent for you His concern for the cost of the doctor is justified in his mind since shes going to die anyway the money can be better spent on his false teeth Addie had requested from her family before her death to be buried in Jefferson After her death Anse gives us the reader the impression of being possessed with burying his wife in Jefferson Faulkner draws for us a scene inundated with torrential rain muddy and
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