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In William Faulkners As I Lay Dying references to the right by numerous characters serve to propel the reader on a quest for truth Cora and Tull make allusions to what is right as defined by religion while Cash evokes a more innate sense of right and wrong Anse has a sense of right that is deceptive to both himself and others yet it also conveys his view of the world which Faulkner shows to be just as accurate as anyone elses Faulkners blending of these versions of right make a unified idea of what is right even if that idea is at once a confusing and complicated one Cora and Vernon Tull believe completely in the absolute power of God and that His will is ultimately what will be done Cora is Vernons source of strength and faith and even when he waivers in what he believes to be right he ultimately sides with his wife Cora is constantly exclaiming both in speech and in song that I trust in my God and my reward 70 This belief is a great comfort to Cora Even when she makes cakes for a wealthy woman in town and the woman changes her mind Cora only thinks Riches is nothing in the face of the Lord for He can see into the heart 7 Cora also believed it right for people to suffer seeing it as their mortal lot 159 However this deep faith is also blinding to Cora Cora is blind to the fact that Addie has an understanding of sin and salvation and right beyond the mere words that she uses Cora mistakes Addies lack of faith for vanity and pride and gets down on her knees in hopes of rescuing her from the clutches of damnation 160 Addies response to this is that people to whom sin is just a matter of words to them salvation is just words too 168 Vernon Tull
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