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Adam Cooper Cooper 1In one of William Faulkners greatest novels As I lay Dying the characters selfishness is revealed As I Lay Dying is a detailed account of the Bundrens family trek across Mississippi to bury Addie their wife and mother As Addie is dying all the characters go through a different state of emotions all of which are explained in fifty-nine chapters An analysis of William Faulkners As I Lay Dying reveals the importance of goals mishaps and characters as they look on the death of AddieDuring the initial stage after Addies death three main goals are exposed burying her getting new teeth for Anse and getting an abortion for Dewey Dell According to George Wolfe Addies section is narrated in tense cryptic and expository prose because Addie is a person who has tried to solve some of the basic problems of life and has failed 203 To Cash his mother is his world and he does not realize she dies because he is too busy trying to build her a coffin The family is able to deal with Addies death as a whole although Vardaman has a harder time while Dewey Dell is anxious for other reasons all together According to Warren Throughout Addies life she lived with a man that was emotionally dead from the beginning and it basically killed her 172 Anse was always a selfish man so it is no surprise he is ready to get to Jefferson County for his own selfish reasons his teeth Dewey Dell is just as anxious to reach Jefferson County to have an abortion During the Journey to Jefferson County they face
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