S: As I Lay Dying
BC: Wiliam Faulkner
1: Character Analysis of Addie Bundren by Brian Flasch | Character Aalysi
2: Although Addie Bundren is dead for more than half the novel, she is by far the most important and influencial character. As she spends most of her time in the novel decaying, she is depicted through the memories of Cora Tull rather than through individual throughts and actions. Though her lively appearances in the novel are short lived, the reader is able to come to the conclusion that she is of a strong-willed and intelligent nature.
4: While living, Addie simply awaits death. Unable to come to love Anse or the children they birth, she comes to view marital love and motherhood as empty ideas that serve only to fill the void in other's lives. The only child Addie truly loved was Jewel. Although that love was unrequited during while she was alive, Jewel later demonstrates his love for her by "saving her from the water and fire". Even though she only demonstrates love for Jewel, Darl and Vardaman still treat their
6: mother's corpse with utmost care and respect, Vardaman even going as far as to drill holes in the coffin so she can "breathe". Addie seems to influence the family even after death by hindering and dividing them just as she had while living. Darl and Vardaman also perceive her to still be alive, as they attribute her sounds of decomposition to their mother "talking". The very notion that there is a continuation of Addie from her voice to her sounds of decomposition are one
7: of the most emotionally powerful ideas presented in the novel.