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Black comedy is comedy that is sarcastic andor makes fun of persons places or situations It is an important element of As I Lay Dying which adds not only a touch of humor but also aids the reader in recognizing the highly irrational thinking of the Bundrens Black comedy points out the disheveled logic of their thoughts through humourous outcomes The opening gives a clear visualization of Cash working towards perfection on his mothers coffin Cash expends an incredible amount of time in measuring the wood cutting perfect angles aligning corners sanding the rough edges making sure it is perfect right down to the last square inch William Faulkner takes this perfected coffin and throws it into a flaming furnace through the misadventures of the Bundrens The first encounter with the new coffin comes shortly after it has been finished Vardaman enters the scene with an auger and his mind set on boring air-holes for his dead mother It was not her because it was laying right yonder in the dirt And no its all chopped up I chopped it up Its laying in the kitchen in the bleeding pan waiting to be cooked and et Then it wasnt and she was and now it is and she wasnt And tomorrow it will be cooked and et and she will be him and pa and Cash and Dewey Dell and there wont be anything in the box and so she can breath 66-67 Vardamans thoughts are very jumbled and random but his thoughts can be followed just enough to interpret them He belives that his dead mothers existence with a fish which he had caught in a nearby creek His disheveled train of thought led to a conclusion The fish now draining in a bleeding pan was the embodiement of what was once his mother and since the fish was still alive so was his mother Showing his concern for his mothers
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