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Useless Words Addies Monologue in Faulkners As I Lay DyingThroughout much of William Faulkners novel As I Lay Dying one can assume that the characters have a difficult time expressing themselves with words In Addie Bundrens only monologue Faulkner is suggesting how fake words can become and that they are essentially meaningless without experience to back them up Addie struggles with the same notions to her words are ultimately meaningless when experience cannot justify them Her lack of emotion can also relate to the personalities and experiences of her children Cash Darl Jewel Dewey Dell and Vardaman The younger her children get the more emotional they are and words become more important to them Therefore in Addie Bundrens monologue there is no value on words and one can assume that she is obsessed with death in order to be with what she considers her real family in Jefferson she also put more value in actions and one can also suggest that the monologue happens following her death In addition the analysis is based on internal evidence as there are few allusions in Addies chapter Firstly Addie does not put any value in words She is essentially unable to effectively communicate with other people using words She notes that words are no good words dont ever fit even what they are trying to say at Faulkner 171 This was even true when she was a schoolteacher the only way she knew how to communicate was through corporal punishment I would look forward to the times when they faulted so I could whip them When the switch fell I could feel it upon my flesh when it welted and ridged it was my blood that ran and I would think with each blow of the switch Now you are aware of me Faulkner 170 She was in turn making an impression on her students lives through her actions instead of her words She felt what they felt
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