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In reading the novel As I Lay Dying many questions arose in my mind However the one that plagued me was the question that I could not pin down All of the characters in the book have a personality and play a certain role in the tale However the one character who fascinated me yet I could not explain was Cash Is Cash a bigger player in the novel than it appears on the surface I believe he is Cash is the cog in the family that keeps the others from spinning away Cash becomes throughout the course of the novel the patriarchal figure in the novel He is thrust in to this position through his words actions and Anses total lack of leadership Cash becomes that patriarch Diligence Definition Close application perseverance We can hear the sawing on the board It sounds like snoring 9 This quotation is a summation of Cash working on the coffin Quotations such as these are thick in the beginning of the story In fact his work provides a backdrop the turmoil of the action which precedes the Burdens departure His work is constant through Jewel and Darl going for wood Addies actual death and the search for a wagon to name a few problems We are constantly reminded of the droning saw in the back ground Additionally we are also told of Cashs attention to the details He is totally focused on his work The work on the coffin is a metaphor for Cashs diligence throughout the novel It becomes a template for many of Cashs actions throughout the story Cash is the one member of the family who has something to do and does it well In his words It is better to build a tight chicken coop than a shoddy courthouse 234 By this he means that it is better to do a good job on all projects than to neglect
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