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William Faulkners As I Lay Dying is a novel about how the conflicting agendas within afamily tear it apart Every member of the family is to a degree responsible for what goeswrong but none more than Anse Anses laziness and selfishness are the underlyingfactors to every disaster in the book As the critic Andre Bleikasten agrees there isscarcely a character in Faulkner so loaded with faults and vices 84 At twenty-twoAnse becomes sick from working in the sun after which he refuses to work claiming hewill die if he ever breaks a sweat again Anse becomes lazy and turns Addie into a babyfactory in order to have children to do all the work Addie is inbittered by this and isnever the same Anse is begrudging of everything Even the cost of a doctor for his dyingwife seems money better spent on false teeth to him I never sent for you Anse says Itake you to witness I never sent for you 37 he repeats trying to avoid a doctors feeBefore she dies Addie requests to be buried in Jefferson When she does Anse appearsobsessed with burying her there Even after Addie had been dead over a week and all ofthe bridges to Jefferson are washed out he is still determined to get to Jefferson Is Ansesincere in wanting to fulfill his promise to Addie or is he driven by another motive Anseplays to perfection the role of the grief-stricken widower Bleikasten 84 while secretlythinking only of getting another wife and false teeth in Jefferson When it becomesnecessary to drive the wagon across the river he proves himself to be undeniably lazy ashe makes Cash Jewel and Darl drive the wagon across while he walks over the bridge aspectator Anse is also stubborn he could have borrowed a team of mules from MrArmstid but he insists that Addie would not have wanted it that way In truth thoughAnse uses this to justify trading Jewels horse for
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