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Introduction of Characters

“I pass him and mount the path, beginning to hear Cash’s saw” “Addie Bundern could not want a better one, a better box to lie in.”

Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying. New York: Random House. 1992. PRINT

The first introduction to these characters were originally given by Darl and it seemed as though they were being represented through objects. It is instantly clear that Cash is a carpenter, but what is more interesting is the way Addie is introduced. Before we even know anything about the character we learn that he is about to die. They are not given extravagant detail, but for Addie it’s more than enough.

Where’s Darl?

“Why, Addie,” pa says, “him and Darl went to make one more load,” (41)…
Jewel’s hat droops limp about his neck, channelling water onto the soaked towsack tied about his shoulders as, ankle-deep in the running ditch, he pries with a slipping two-by-four, with a piece of rotting log for fulcrum, at the axle. Jewel, I say, she is dead, Jewel. Addie Bundren is dead (46).

Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying. New York: Modern Library, 2000. p.41-46 Print.

Darl gains omniscient properties after Anse notes that Darl isn’t at the house, but out with Jewel. It is peculiar that Darl recounted events he was not present for in a normal narrative style, yet his telling Jewel that Addie was dead was told in italics, as if he wasn’t actually present for that.