Addie is the wife of Anse, and the mother of the Bundren family. Addie, while the protagonist of the novel, is largely absent. Her death spurns the action of the novel.
When his wife dies, he is determined to take her body to Jefferson, as he had promised, even though the town is forty miles away. In a rickety old wagon, he and his sons must get across a flooded river that has destroyed most of the nearby bridges. Ostensibly, the shiftless and unlucky man is burying his wife there because of the promise.
After a long trip with her unembalmed corpse, now dead more than a week, he arrives in Jefferson, pursued by a flock of buzzards that, like a grim chorus, hang apparently motionless against a sultry Mississippi sky. Though dying, she wants to see her coffin finished. Anse does not know it, but she has always thought him to be only a man of words, and words, she thinks, are useless.
Feeling isolated from him and her children, she has always tried to break through the wall of isolation surrounding her, but despairing, she never finds any meaning in her grinding existence. To her, sexual relationship means only violation, whereas, to Anse, it means love.
Unlike the others, he seems to have the gift of second sight. For this act of attempted purification, his family declares him insane, and he is taken to the asylum at Jackson. A violent young man, he loves only his horse, which costs him many long hours of labor at night.
Although devoted to the animal, he allows Anse to trade it to Snopes for a badly needed team of mules. Like the rest of the Bundrens, he tenaciously hauls his mother on the long, eventful trip, all the while cursing and raging at his brothers.
When Darl tries to burn the corpse, it is Jewel who manages to save her body for burial. While his mother is dying, he busily saws and hammers away at her coffin, just outside her window.
At the flooded river, he desperately tries to save his treasured tools when the wagon overturns. His leg broken on the trip, he stoically endures the pain, even after his father uses cement to plaster the swollen and infected leg.
A well-developed girl of seventeen, she has a reason for going to Jefferson: She is pregnant and wants to buy drugs that she hopes will cause a miscarriage. Peabody, a fat, seventy-year-old country doctor.
During his long practice, he has ministered to many poor families like the Bundrens. He intends to retire when his unpaid bills reach fifty thousand dollars. He does what he can to help Bundren on his ghoulish journey.
Constantly praying and singing hymns, she tries to make Addie repent.Darl Darl, the second child of Anse and Addie Bundren is the most prolific voice in the novel As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner.
Darl Bundren, the next eldest of the Bundren children, delivers the largest number of interior monologues in the novel. William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying examines the connections and disconnections between speech, silence, and the meaning of words.
However, having words is as good as having no words because the characters in this book, especially the members of the Bundren family, use words that obfuscate their true emotions. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner.
Home / Literature / As I Lay Dying / Characters / Darl Bundren. BACK; NEXT ; Character Analysis. Darl is Addie’s second child and narrates sections 1, 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 21, 23, 25, 27, 32, 34, 37, 42, 46, 48, 50, 52, and it probably has something to do with the weird narrative technique of As I.
A Discourse Analysis of Darl's Descent into Madness in Faulkner's As I Lay Dying Shannon Terry Wiley, The John Cooper School, The Woodlands, Texas Darl Bundren, a central character in As I Lay Dying, narrates 19 of the 55 interior monologues that comprise this tour de force.
Essay Character Analysis of Dewey Dell Bundren in Faulkner's As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner, a Nobel Prize winning author, wrote the novel "As I Lay Dying" in six weeks without changing a word.
Considering the story's intricate plot, not changing a single word seems like it would take a literary genius to complete. As I Lay Dying is a novel, in the genre of Southern Gothic, by American author William Faulkner. Faulkner said that he wrote the novel from midnight to AM over the course of six weeks and that he did not change a word of it.