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As I Lay Dying- William Faulkners As I Lay Dying is a novel about how the conflicting agendas within a family tear it apart Every member of the family is to a degree responsible for what goes wrong but none more than Anse Anses laziness and selfishness are the underlying factors to every disaster in the book As the critic Andre Bleikasten agrees there is scarcely a character in Faulkner so loaded with faults and vices 84 At twenty-two Anse becomes sick from working in the sun after which he refuses to work claiming he will die if he ever breaks a sweat again Anse becomes lazy and turns Addie into a baby factory in order to have children to do all the work Addie is inbittered by this and is never the same Anse is begrudging of everything Even the cost of a doctor for his dying wife seems money better spent on false teeth to him I never sent for you Anse says I take you to witness I never sent for you 37 he repeats trying to avoid a doctors fee Before she dies Addie requests to be buried in Jefferson When she does Anse appears obsessed with burying her there Even after Addie had been dead over a week and all of the bridges to Jefferson are washed out he is still determined to get to Jefferson Is Anse sincere in wanting to fulfill his promise to Addie or is he driven by another motive Anse plays to perfection the role of the grief-stricken widower Bleikasten 84 while secretly thinking only of getting another wife and false teeth in Jefferson When it becomes necessary to drive the wagon across the river he proves himself to be undeniably lazy as he makes Cash Jewel and Darl drive the wagon across while he walks over the bridge a spectator Anse is also
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