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The Dysfunctional Family of As I Lay Dying After reading As I Lay Dying I was unsettled by something It wasnt the plot although As I Lay Dying had a singularly bizarre storyline During the action of the novel a mother dies and her family embarks upon a disaster ridden journey in order to fulfill her last wishes The eldest son breaks his leg the family has to sell or mortgage practically all its worldly goods and Jewel risks his life twice in order to get his mothers body to Jefferson Why has Disney not snatched up the film making rights to this singular testament to Bundren familys love and dedication The answer and the source of my discomfort is that the Bundren family is awful They are almost completely and totally defunct The fact that there is next to no mourning following Addies death the most basic tribute a family can give is only the tip of the iceberg of selfishness which seems to characterize the Bundren family The trip to Jefferson a journey which under other circumstances could be seen as a familys noble tribute to a fallen matriarch was ruined by the selfish motives of most of the family for undertaking the expedition Dewey Dell wanted to go to get an abortion Vardaman wanted to go to get some bananas Anse wanted to go to get a new set of teeth Cash wanted to purchase a record player Not only were the motives selfish but they were utterly transparent The Bundrens neighbor Tull expresses the absurdity of the situation best when he said They would risk the fire and the earth and the water and all just to eat a sack of bananas p 140 Indeed the last images of the Bundrens as a family minus Darl are of them eating bananas out of a sack and sitting around a record player at home There were two members of the
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