Journey In William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying

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"It is as though the space between us were time: an irrevocable quality. It is as though time, no longer running straight before us in a diminishing line, now runs parallel between us like a looping string, the distance being the doubling accretion of the thread an not the interval between." William Faulkner`s As I Lay Dying is a novel that is centered on the Bundren family`s journey to Jefferson. On their journey the readers witness the obstacles they must overcome in order to uphold their obligation to Addie, psychological insight to human being`s thoughts and motives, and transformations of majors characters along the way. The Bundrens` commitment to burying Addie in Jefferson is artificially what drives them on this “out of the ordinary”…show more content…
I wish I had time to let her die. I wish I had time to wish I had. It is because the wild and outraged earth too soon too soon too soon." Despite the obvious obligation to Addie many characters are motivated to partake on this cursed journey for their own selfish reasons. Dewey Dell for example only wishes to travel to town in order to receive an abortion. She hardly has time to grieve for her mother, more consumed by the guilt and fear of her sin being known to the rest of the world. Through the journey she transforms from an ignorant and desperate girl into a manipulative, obsessive, and traitorous figure. Knowing that Darl knows of her pregnancy because of his innate ability to look into people`s hearts and see into their deepest secrets is what compelled her to tell Gillipse that he burnt the barn down. She is one of the biggest advocates to put him in a mental institution thereby ensuring no one would believe a word he said if perhaps he was to give her away. Darl, however, does not help his cause. The journey transforms him the most from a slightly queer, perceptive, and somewhat “all knowing” character into a completely insane man driven into the madness by the chaos surrounding the venture. Faulkner catches the reader off guard, showing that not all quests and expeditions transform characters into mature and wise adults. He attempts to show how some “Odyssey`s” transform many characters for the worse. Faulkner even presents characters like Anse to show how some people remain unchanged and set in their ways despite major emotional and physical occurrences. Anse`s deeper desire to go to town is based on the want for a new set of teeth and while there he just so happens to find himself a new wife as well. His static character and self absorbed lazy nature serves as the villain in the novel. Although he possesses no outstanding evil magic, or secret lair, his figure is one more commonly seen in real life. Faulkner shows how the
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