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William Faulkners As I Lay Dying depicts a struggling dysfunctional family This novel follows every member of the household at some point in the novel Stream-of-consciousness reproduces the thought processes of certain characters and these thoughts appear as if they are direct unedited reactions This clearly shows a characters confusion or distress this relates to the theme that everyone deals with burdens and hardships Since Faulkner does allow every family member to narrate and many more he creates a story with multiple characters This relates to the theme that even though a person can be surrounded with people they can still be ostracized Even though these characters lead practically parallel lives the reader can see the total alienation and breakdown of the families relationshipsAround the death of Addie all the Bundren family deals with a burden or hardship They have all lost a mother or wife however most of them arent torn up about it Vardaman and Jewel seem to be the only two that seem to have any grief weighing on their heart Addies death is extremely traumatizing to Vardaman and his sensitive nature is thrown out of balance by the passing Jewel seems to assume the role of the corpse protector and even sacrifices his most prized possession to get his mother to her final resting place Since the stream of consciousness style is used we see their initial thoughts emotions and actions displayed nothing is abridged Dewey Dell deals with the fact that she is pregnant with an undesired child Darl is completely isolated from his family and feels the voyage to Jefferson is a waste He believes they should not put their lives on hold for the past and that they should live for the present Since he is so isolated he ends up being put in an asylum and none of his family seems to care The narration choices the author makes directly affect some of the themes of this
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