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IN Faulkner's As I lay Dying What Would You Say To The Characters?

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Introduction

In the novel "As I lay Dying" the characters are not exactly the picture perfect image of sanity. Anse, to me in the novel you are the very picture of insanity. Although your wife Addie is very disturbed herself, you really played a big role in your children's sanity levels. There are many disasters that take place in the book; your laziness and selfishness are the underlying factors that mainly cause each one of them. I want to show you that you are not the great person who is hard working, supports his family, or is all these things you think you are, but you could realize your problem and your delusional state that can still be helped. A delusion is a false belief, especially a persistent false belief (Doyle 3.) Anse, you are set on the fact that you are someone you really are not, and whatever the case may be, in your eyes Anse is always the victim and being punished for everything and you have to change now due to those errors. ...read more.

Middle

As your trip to Jefferson begins, even starting off you refuse to borrow anything from, anyone even when your family really needed it, so you can pretend in your mind you are hardworking and do not need anything from anyone. Once you had to drive the wagon across the river, you made your sons do the work while you walked across the bridge and watched them do all the labor. Then you trade Jewel's horse, take money from Cash's own pocket, and lie to your family about how you spent the money, all in the struggle to get to Jefferson for your own selfish reasons. You lie, steal money, and talk your way out of paying for things the whole novel, and you honestly believe you can justify all these things by saying it's what Addie would have wanted. This delusion you have-meaning fixed, false belief, even with evidence to the contrary- has not benefited anyone but yourself (Doyle 4). ...read more.

Conclusion

Now it is time to think of yourself and how you will get the things you want. There will be no other choice for you but to break a sweat or your wants and needs cannot be met. When you were wrapped up in your own selfish world full of delusion and hypocrisy it messed a lot of your life up. You need to see that by only thinking of what you want you destroyed your family and they are not able to provide for you anymore. So it is in your best interest to stop your greed of money, self-pity, and selfishness or how will you eat or be able to keep your new teeth. If you started working again, you could possibly gain more money than normal and then you could spend more on yourself. The father of the house needs to be able to work and at least bring in some income. When you see reality for what it is and who you really could be, you becoming a hard worker could actually benefit you the most and you honestly have no other choices if you wish to survive. ...read more.

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