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As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner consists of strange happenings throughout the story One of the most awkward settings in the book is the relationship between husband and wife that occurred between Anse and Addie Bundren What we see in the beginning is a wife on her deathbed and a caring husband who wants to make everything better for his wife by making her wishes come true We soon realize this was just a masking technique Faulkner used to give us the wrong impression on how things were run The novel opens with Addie Bundren who we find out is dying She tells her husband she wants to be buried in Jefferson and as normal loyal husband would do Anse felt it was his duty to fulfill his wifes request In reality Anse is a poor farmer with five children to take care of and a wife who is in charge of the house We tend to feel sorry for him because of his laziness and his urge to talk about two measly topics a farmers life and complete nonsense His character seems weak yet he makes the major decisions around the house Addie worked as a schoolteacher before getting married to Anse She hated her pupils During her teaching career she would sit and contemplate the hate she felt for little children She simply did not like them and she had wished they would just disappear When school was out and the last one had left with his dirty snuffling nose instead of going home I would go down a hill to the spring where I could be quiet and hate them The whole marriage with Anse was not a serious situation It was an odd courtship that happened to occur Anse saw her asked her to marry him she accepted and they were wed That just proves why their relationship ended up being the way
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