As I Lay Dying
William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying is a novel about how
the conflicting agendas within a family tear it apart.
Every member of the family is to a degree responsible for
what goes wrong, but none more than Anse. Anse's
laziness and selfishness are the underlying factors to every
disaster in the book.
As the critic Andre Bleikasten agrees, "there is scarcely a
character in Faulkner so loaded with faults and
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his family. His motives for cheating and lying
range from the greed of money to self pity. Instead of what
can I do for them Anse will always be the one thinking
what can they do for me.
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Bloomington/London: Indiana University Press, 1973.
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New York: Random House, 1985.