Cora’s Mentality

“I have tried to live right in the sight of God and man, for the honor and comfort of my Christian husband and the love and respect of my Christian children. So that when I lay me down in the consciousness of my duty and reward I will be surrounded by loving faces, carrying the farewell kiss of each of my loved ones into my reward. Not like Addie Bundren dying alone, hiding her pride and her broken heart. Glad to go. Lying there with her head propped up so she could watch Cash building the coffin, having to watch him so he would not skimp on it, like as not, with those men not worrying about anything except if there was time to ean another three dollars before the rain come and the river got too high to get across it. Like as not, if they hadn’t decided to make that last load, they would have loaded her into the wagon on a quilt and crossed the river first and then stopped and give her time to die what Christian death they would let her” (24).

Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying. New York: Modern Library, 2000. Print.

This passage exhibits a common theme among Cora’s passages: her stubborn, judgmental, and somewhat unforgiving Christian mentality. This passage in particular seems to exude a bitter tone, especially towards Addie and her family.