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As I Lay Dying Characters
Addie Bundren Shes the dead lady that Cash is making the coffin for. Mother of Cash, Jewel, Dewey Dell, Darl and Vardaman (who at one point suggests that she is a fish) Former schoolteacherbitter about her life with husband Anse Favors Jewel among her kids. Doesnt have much to say in the book but more than you might expect from a dead person.
Anse Bundren Hes the dad, a poor farmer. Hunchback Lazy, self-pitying, incredibly selfish Not in the running for Father of the Year Not held in high regard by those who know him
Cash Bundren Oldest Bundren offspring Skilled and careful carpenter Stoic and selfless, the opposite of his dad His stoicism gets a little ridiculous at the end. As close to normal as the Bundrens get
Darl Bundren Next oldest after Cash The sensitive artistic Bundren Articulate, which makes his sections interesting but sometimes difficult More than any of the others, Darl is bummed about hauling dead Moms coffin all over the countryside
Jewel Bundren Illegitimate child of Addie and the local minister. Like another ministerial mistake, Pearl, he is very willful A little hard to understand his motivation sometimes Dedicated to the coffin idea Your view of him will change by the end of the novel.
Dewey Dell Bundren Only daughter 17 and secretly pregnant Desperate to end the pregnancy 100% ignorant of biological issues
Vardaman Bundren Youngest child Seems, at first, to be a little mentally challenged, but by the end you understand him better. Strangely connects his dead mom with a dead fishthis does not speak well of either the mom or the fish
Vernon Tull A neighbor to the Bundrens Also a farmer but a more successful one Helps the Bundrens but is a critic of the dad Comparatively reliable voice in the book
Cora Tull Vernons wife Deeply religiousto the point that it can cloud her judgement Is with Addie when Addie dies Thinks Addie was impious, sinful, and full of pride
Cast of thousands There are 8 or 10 more characters that inhabit this novel. I know it seems like a lot of folks to keep track of, but you will come to know the Bundrens so well that they will be easy. These other characters all have their function in the novel but are minor compared to the Bundrens and the Tulls.